Here are some of our favourite high-quality violins at this price range. These are by makers that we have worked with for years and selected by musicians for their playing qualities and distinctive tone.
In the past, we've highlighted our notable violins within the £15,000 price range, but today, we're exploring a higher bracket: £20,000 to £30,000. This particular range provides a unique opportunity in the realm of contemporary instrument craftsmanship, housing pieces from artisans widely recognized for their superior craftsmanship by both their contemporaries and musicians.
We especially appreciate this price range because it offers instruments of exceptional quality, before the price surges due to high demand. As a buyer, this range typically gives you access to a top-tier violin without the paying the premium associated with an antique instrument. If your budget permits, we definitely recommend exploring our violins in this price category. Rest assured, you won't be let down!
Here is a selection of makers that we feel best represent this range:
Back by popular demand! We have Daniele's latest violin and it is the first Ole Bull model we have here in our showroom. It sounds as you would expect: Rich, dark and powerful. An ideal instrument for someone looking for resonance and ease of playing, one of the hallmarks of Daniele's instruments. Try it before it goes!
This Italian violin by Dario Vettori, made in Florence in 2022, not only looks stunning, but also produces a consistent, powerful, and brilliant sound throughout all registers. When played, this violin delivers a tonal quality that is rich, clear, and balanced, with a robust projection that can fill any concert hall. Musicians who play this violin can expect to experience a wide dynamic range and a warm, resonant tone that is ideal for both solo and orchestral performances. Overall, Dario Vettori's violin-making skills have brought about a masterpiece that is a joy to play and listen to. The violin is a testament to the artistry and dedication that goes into making a top-quality instrument, a hallmark of the Vettori family name.
Dario II began practicing violin craftsmanship early on, learning the trade from his family's workshop in Italy. At the age of eighteen, he joined his father's workshop and later enrolled at the Associazione Liutaria Italiana Professionisti in 2001 to further his education. Dario II also gained extensive experience working in violin-making workshops in the United States, including those in New York, Washington DC, and Texas. He follows the same models used in his father's workshop to construct his instruments, utilizing Bosnian and local maple wood, as well as the last remaining supplies from his grandfather. In addition to the traditional spruce from the Val di Fiemme, he occasionally uses wood that originates from 17th-century trees, as determined by analyses conducted at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo. Dario II is an accomplished musician who performs in several chamber groups, including the Anonimo Fiorentino Orchestra, the Desiderio da Settignano Orchestra, and the Giovanile del Veneto Orchestra, with which he has toured abroad.
Mina Mazzolari is an award-winning maker working in the wonderful city of Cremona in the workshop of Edgar Russ. She is known for making soloist level instruments that always deliver on sound, and this one is no exception. We tried this violin in Cremona and we were immediately impressed by the sound. It has a laser-like focus and the response feels extremely pleasing to the player. If you are looking for an instrument with depth and projection, this is certainly one to try!
Mina Mazzolari was born in Korea in 1980. Passionate for music she studies piano for many years, later getting more interested in stringed instruments and after finishing high school she takes the decision to attend the International Violinmaking School in Cremona. She participates in 2003 and 2009 at International Competition for Strings Instruments winning in 2009 with a viola an honorary mention for her 4th position.
The Parma-based duo, Elisa Scrollavezza and Andrea Zanrè, are widely recognized as leading experts in the world of violinmaking. They have published countless books and research articles on various aspects of Italian luthiery. We are particularly pleased with their latest violin, which is based on Andrea's personal model, representing the culmination of the pair's expertise and innovation. The sound is dark and warm, yet powerful—a rare combination that is certain to appeal to players seeking a sweet tone without compromising projection. It is bound to be a crowd-pleaser!
Scrollavezza & Zanrè, founded in 2002 in Parma by Elisa Scrollavezza and Andrea Zanrè, is active in the making, restoring and dealing of fine string instruments.
The aim of the workshop is to continue the artistic tradition transmitted through the teaching and the work of Renato Scrollavezza, which for over half a century has been, and still is, a synonym of personality, warmth and delicate equilibrium. In making new instruments, as well as in the preservation of antique ones, Scrollavezza & Zanrè strive to attain an ideal of excellence which is constantly pursued in the field of sound, and in the artistic essence of traditional craftsmanship.
Ariel Lang is a Violinist and one of the Co-Founders of MyLuthier.co. He studied with Jack Liebeck at the Royal Academy of Music. As a freelance musician, he focuses on performing with small chamber ensembles such as the United Strings of Europe and O/Modernt.