Welcome to the Maggini Foundation

Despite all the restrictions, cultural life got somewhat going again in 2021. The Maggini Foundation has redefined its customer area. In future, it will only offer fine stringed instruments in Switzerland, in our neighboring countries and in England. In this area, musicians can continue to use the high-quality offer of our foundation. We wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (22nd December 2021)

Swiss Radio and Television visited the Maggini Foundation and talked to us about stringed instruments as an investment. Here is the article and the radio broadcast. (14th June 2021)

Here another link to a very nice video: Francesco Negrini, Simone Roggen, Giulia Ajmone-Marsan, three members of the Argovia Philharmonic, and special guest Claire Huangci play the quartet in E-flat Major, op. 1 for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. It was written by the little known Viennese composer Walter Rabl (1873–1940). The violinist Simone Roggen plays a Storioni violin of the Segelman Trust collection. The videos shows extracts of the concert. What a pity that such beautiful music can currently not be heard live! (9th February 2021)

With a recording of Dvorak's Romance for violin and orchestra in F minor op. 11 we look back on the very difficult year 2020. The project may stand in place of many similar projects that were carried out because live concerts were not possible. Milan Al-Ashhab touches the audience without any extraordinary pretention. He is accompanied by the orchestra L'armonia terrena under the baton of Zdenek Klauda. Among the many videos that were published last year this sensitive recording has not yet met much attention. 297 views do not reflect the beauty of this interpretation.
The team of the Maggini Foundation wishes a good new year to all musicians and lovers of old stringed instruments! (4th January 2021)

On September 10th, the Basler Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Ivor Bolton, played works by Brahms, Winkelman and Liebermann in the newly renovated Stadtcasino. At the world premiere of the Double Concerto for two violins, the composer Helena Winkelman herself performed as a soloist in a very convincing way. Her partner was the famous violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Helena Winkelman played the Dumas violin, which was considered the most beautiful Maggini violin for many decades and has recently been attributed to the Brescian G. B. Rogeri by various experts. Arte recorded the full length of the concert. Have a look, it's worth it! The Winkelman double concert entitled «Gemini» begins at 54:00. (18th September 2020)

In 2019 Maggini Foundation was lucky to add several wonderful cellos and violins to the pool of instruments that we may take care of and rent out to gifted musicians. Among the new arrivals are cellos by Bernardel «père», Nicolas François Vuillaume and Peter Westermann and violins by Marino Capicchioni, Giovanni Paolo Maggini and Claude Pirot. We will be happy to inform you by e-mail about the currently available instruments. – We wish you a happy new year! (2nd January 2020)

Alican Süner becomes a First Concertmaster at the Komische Oper Berlin. We congratulate him for his new position! Until now the Turkish violinist had been playing a violin by the Amati brothers, made in Cremona in 1590, which he also used for the audition in Berlin. He now changes to a Testore violin of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, to which he gained access through the German foundation's competition in February. (5th August 2019)

From 25th to 27th June the third and final round of the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition will be held in Moscow. Among the contestants we share in the hopes of two violinists: Aylen Pritchin from Moscow and Milan Al-Ashhab from Prague. Yesterday it was announced that both reached the final round. Congratulations and lots of luck for the last round! Five years ago Aylen won the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition in Paris, playing an Gagliano violin which we provided. Milan Al-Ashhab currently plays a Gobetti violin of the Segelman Collection, which was also provided by the Maggini Foundation. (24th June 2019)

Anna-Maija Hirvonen has just successfully finished her trial period with Bayerisches Staatsorchester in Munich. Congratulations! Mrs Hirvonen had been a member of the National Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Helsinki for several years. In the last years she played a violin by Giovanni Pistucci which she now returned after having passed the trial period in Munich. We wish her all the best for the future. (3rd June 2019)

Congratulations to Gooil Kang who just won an audition with the Leipziger Symphonieorchester. The orchestra was looking for a leader of the second violins and found that the Korean violinist is the most suitable musician for that position. Gooil Kang played an anonymous Italian violin made in the 18th century, provided through the agency of the Maggini Foundation. (3rd June 2019)

Yulia Kopylova has just won the position of second concertmaster of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. Congratulations! Ms Kopylova comes from Novosibirsk and studied under Prof. Ulf Wallin at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she gained her Masters in 2017. In October she came to Langenthal and rented a violin by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (made in Paris c. 1860). Only one month later she won the audition with this instrument. It is not always the case but this time the violinist and the violin really made a perfect fit. The violin is a part of the Segelman Trust collection and was provided through the agency of the Maggini Foundation. We wish Mrs Kopylova lots of luck and success for the upcoming trial period. (21st November 2018)

Eduard Kollert won the second prize at the Wieniawski Lipinski Competition in Lublin. Congratulations to the 16-year-old violinist from Prague! (12th November 2018)

In September the violinist Erzhan Kulibaev played a recital with pianist Daniel del Pino at George Enescu Festival in Bucharest. The concert was a great success. Read a translation of the concert review on Erzhan Kulibaev’s website. For many years Erzhan has been playing on instruments provided by the Maggini Foundation. (6th November 2018)

Congratulations to Juan Salvador Raya Castellano who has a new position as a violin professor at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga! He is now one of the youngest Spanish violin professors with a fixed position. During the audition process he played concerts by Brahms and Mozart and works by Waxman and Bach.
He studied at the Conservatories in Weimar and Münster with Prof. Ulrich Beetz, then played with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and fulfilled several pedagogical tasks, for example with the project «Jugend musiziert».

For the audition in Málaga Juan Salvador Raya Castellano rented a violin by J. B. Vuillaume, made in Paris in 1863, an instrument of the Segelman Trust, provided through the agency of the Maggini Foundation. (13th August 2018)

Congratulations to David Guerchovitch who just won an audition for the position of a Second Concertmaster in the Berner Symphonieorchester! David finished his studies in the International Menuhin Music Academy with Prof. Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv in 2015 and worked then as a leader of the second violins in the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. He won the audition with a violin by Francesco Ruggeri, an instrument of the Segelman Trust collection. (9th July 2018)

The ones who are in the right place at the right time shouldn't miss it: the March concerts of the Heath Quartet. The successful British quartet plays on 2nd and 3rd March at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin (quartets by Jörg Widman), on 13th and 14th March at 22 Mansfield Street and in the Wigmore Hall in London (Bruckner quintet with Nils Mönkemeyer among others), on 22nd March at the Lincoln Center in New York and on 25th March at the Carriage Barn Arts Centre in New Canaan CT (quartets by Haydn, Widman and Tchaikovsky). (6th February 2018)

Congratulations to Ülker Tümer! The Turkish cellist won third prize at the second Benyamin Sönmez Cello Competition. She looks back on a successful year, in which she also got the Helmut Spehl Price of the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. She is studying in Freiburg with Prof. Jean-Guihen Queyras. Ülker Tümer is currently playing a Riccardo Antoniazzi cello, made in Milan in 1894. The instrument belongs to Segelman Trust, London. (23rd December 2017)

Just released: the new recording of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna. The CD titled «Symphonische Dichtungen» contains three works by Richard Strauss. A particularly beautiful element in the sound of the orchestra is the instrument of concertmaster Chiril Maximov, a violin by Nicolo Amati, made in Cremona in 1645. It is a part of the Segelman Collection and was provided by the Maggini Foundation.

This spring the 27-year-old Chiril Maximov had the big chance to take the position of a concertmaster directly after his studies with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg. He was looking for a good violin for his trial period. With the Amati violin he entered successfully his professional life. After three months he was told that he will be lent a Sanctus Seraphin violin, which is part of the collection of the Austrian National Bank. The Amati violin is currently available. Interested violinists are requested to contact us by e-mail.

The new recording is also available on Spotify and Idagio. (24th October 2017)

Congratulations to Eduard Kollert who won a special prize at the X Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in Astana! This prize was awarded for the best interpretation of a virtuoso piece. 14 year-old Eduard's interpretation of Carmen Fantasie by Franz Waxman convinced jury and audience. Eduard played a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin of the Segelman Trust collection. (28th June 2017)

In the next weeks 17 year old Swiss violinist Elea Nick will present herself twice in Tonhalle in Zurich: On 3rd June she plays the Mendelsson violin concerto in e minor with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and on 12th July she presents the Tchaikovsky concerto in e minor with the Philharmoninic Orchestra Ostrava. It is already the second time within only eight month that she plays this concert in Tonhalle. Zakhar Bron has been teaching Elea Nick since 2013 in his Academy in Interlaken. In spring she won a First Prize at the 13th International Violin Competition Young Virtuosos. (29th May 2017)

Sara Wolstenholme joins the Heath Quartet and will henceforth take the part of the second violin in the renowned British chamber ensemble. She is playing a violin by Gennaro Gagliano, provided by the Maggini-Stiftung. (7th March 2017)

20-year-old Veriko Tchumburidze wins the 15th Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznan – a really great success. Congratulations! Since March 2016 the very talented Turkish-Georgian violinist has been playing a violin by G. B. Guadagnini, made in 1756, a loan from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. The first prize she wins is also a deserved success for the program «Young Musicians on World Stages», where she has been supported together with other young Turkish musicians for several years. Between 2012 and 2016 Veriko was playing several instruments which were provided by the Maggini Foundation. Watch her play the violin concerto No. 1 in a minor by Dmitri Shostakowich. (24. Oktober 2016)

Jeongmin Joo is still a student but she already got a temporary job in a professional orchestra: From November 2016 on she will be heard among the 2nd violins of the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg. Congratulations! The Korean violinist has been studying at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen with Prof. Jacek Klimkiewcz since summer 2015. She played the audition for the orchestra job with a violin by Charles-Jean Baptiste Collin-Mézin (II.), which she rented from the Maggini Foundation. (11th October 2016)

Marco Dell'Acqua, 29 year-old Italian cellist, won an audition with Rai Orchestra in Turin and will soon take the position of the co-principal cellist. Congratulations! Marco plays an 18th century Florentine cello rented from the Maggini Foundation. (4th October 2016)

Plamena Nikitassova, concertmaster of the orchestra of the J. S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen, will be heard at several concerts in Teufen (Switzerland) at the „Appenzeller Bachtage“ on 18th, 19th and 20th August 2016. She will give a voice to a violin which was made by Francesco Ruggeri in Cremona 1675, ten years before Bach was born. For the concerts the violin’s set up was changed from modern to baroque. The instrument is part of the Segelman collection, and was provided to Plamena Nikitassova by the Maggini Foundation. (10th August 2016)

Congratulations to Erzhan Kulibaev who won a First Prize with distinction at the 1st Manhattan International Music Competition in New York! Erzhan plays a Vuillaume violin, which was provided to him by the Maggini Foundation. (http://www.erzhankulibaev.com/) Christoph Croisé also went for a First Prize at this competition. The 22 year old cellist is a former customer of the Maggini Foundation. Congratulations to him too! (http://www.christophcroise.ch/de/) (21st June 2016)

Congratulations to Veriko Tchumburidze, who was very successful at the 24th Competition of the German Musical Instrument Fund 2016! Thanks to the project «Young Musicians on World Stages» she has so far been playing a violin by J. B. Vuillaume (Paris c. 1845), provided to her by the Maggini Foundation. Now she will have the opportunity to play on a violin by J. B. Guadagnini (1756), part of the collection of Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, and she hands over the Vuillaume to 16 year old Doğa Altınok, another very talented scholar of the project «Young Musicians on World Stages». Good luck to these two young musicians! (16th March 2016)

The First Viennese School newly discovered: Veriko Tchumburidze and Chiara Enderle have recorded two concerts of the today unknown brothers Wranitzky with the Münchner Kammerorchester under Howard Griffiths. In January Sony released the CD; the project was realized with the support of the Swiss Orpheum Stiftung. The 19 year old virtuosa Veriko Tchumburidze plays the violin concert by Anton Wranitzky (1761–1820) on a Vuillaume violin of the Maggini Foundation, thanks to the project «Young Musicians on World Stages». (9th February 2016)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the German Reunification the violinist Sven Stucke and the pianist Johann Blanchard present the project «The Sound of Unity», a combination of music and film. The concert – historical in all respects – will be heard and seen on 12th September 2015 in Stucke's hometown Magdeburg. The 27 year old violinist is a recipient of a Villa Musica scholarship. Since 2013 he has been living in New York. He plays a beautiful violin of the Maggini Foundation, probably made in Italy in the first half of the 18th century. (26th August 2015)

In the next months Carlos Johnson, 1st concertmaster of the Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, can be heard as a soloist on several occasions: On Sunday, 11th October 2015 he will play the Alban Berg violin concert with the Lüneburger Symphoniker conducted by Thomas Dorsch. On 20th und 21st December he will prove his virtuosity together with Stanislas Efaev in the «Gran Duo Concertante» for double bass and violin, composed by Giovanni Bottesini. 'His' Hansestadt orchestra will be conducted by Andreas Wolf. Carlos Johnson plays a Ferdinand Gagliano violin, made in Naples in 1785. The instrument is part of the Segelman collection and was provided to him by the Maggini Foundation. (17th August 2015)

Congratulations to Weronika Godlewska who just passed the trial year with the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne. In September 2013 Weronika leased a violin from us, probably a work of Giovanni Pistucci from Naples. With this instrument she won an audition for a position in the 2nd violins and then successfully passed the trial year. After our summer holidays the violin which we provided to her can be tried, compared with other instruments and leased. – Good luck and all the best wishes to Weronika! (8th July 2015)