Since 1998, when he established the publishing house "Jost Thöne Verlag", Thöne has published a dozen large books about the Italian and French violin makers of the last four centuries. These reference works feature more than 120 of these important violin makers along with their instruments and biographies.
The latest of these works was "Antonio Stradivari", published in 2010; it became "the state of the art" in violin documentation, showing in four volumes 300 violins, violas and cellos of the icon Antonio Stradivari in life size. This documentation gained international recognition.
Some of the books have been translated into four other languages besides English and are already being sold worldwide, for example by international auction houses such as Sotheby’s, Christies or Tarisio in London and New York.
Jost Thöne founded the Violin Expo Cologne in 2006, creating a globally unique stage to present international contemporary violin making in the historic centre of Cologne. He supervised the exhibition "Antonio Stradivari – Myth and Music" in Cologne in 2010 as a guest curator of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud. This exhibition was unfortunately postponed due to culture budget cuts by the city of Cologne.
A collection of instruments crafted by the fascinating masters of the last four centuries in Italy and France are photographed in such high quality as has never been published before. One hundred twenty-eight well-certified instruments have been meticulously and expertly photographed by one of the world’s best photographers. The books contain the fascinating history of every featured master, thoroughly researched and carefully written, alongside comprehensive essays by distinguished experts such as Bruce Carlson (Cremona), J.F. Schmitt † (Lyon), Igor Moroder (Turin) and last but not least Florian Leonhard (London). Limited to 2000 hard-back linen effect copies and 100 leather-bound copies of each volume, individually numbered and registered, the books—published by Jost Thoene Verlag—are certain to increase in value and become collector’s items.View Instrument
A collection of instruments crafted by the legendary Antonio Stradivari, fully researched, compiled and photographed in such high quality, has never been published before. Three hundred well-certified instruments have been meticulously and expertly photographed by some of the world’s best photographers. We have been allowed privileged access to some of the rarest examples of Stradivari instruments in existence. Therefore, some of the instruments have never been shown before. More than 40 instruments had been given names for the first time, and some—scientific research has shown—are related. A list of subscribers is included within the books.View Instrument
Would you like to gain an overview of the qualities of contemporary violin making? In these two volumes, you can find summarized a representative selection of 80 violin makers from all around the world. Besides the first-class photographs of the instruments and impressive portraits of the violin makers, you will find the biography of each of the violin makers in English.View Instrument
This volume of photographs, published on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, celebrated in the Cité de la Musique in Paris, includes wonderful photographs of different instruments built by celebrated French master violin maker Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, including models by Stradivari, Guarneri, Maggini and Amati in life-size.View Instrument