Violinist Brings Sound of Seventeenth-Century Stradivarius to Charleston

Apr 13, 2018

Violinist Yuriy Bekker (left, pictured with 1686 Ex-Nachez Stradivarius) speaks with SCPR's Bradley Fuller in the Main Reading Room of the Charleston Library Society
Credit A.T. Shire, SC Public Radio

When the celebrated maker of string instruments Antonio Stradivari put the finishing touches on the violin now known as the Ex-Nachez, Bach and Handel were barely into their toddler years and the invention of the piano was still more than a decade away. 

The rare violin has passed through the hands of many an owner and virtuoso performer since that time, but, as Yuriy Bekker of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra can attest, the instrument is still in excellent playing condition.

In this interview that aired Friday, April 13th, Yuriy shares with SCPR’s Bradley Fuller some insights on the historic Stradivarius, and showcases its unique sound with a few excerpts from violin concertos by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch.

The Bruch concerto, for which Yuriy is soloing using the seventeenth-century instrument, is part of a program that also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question. Three performances of the program will be given April 13th-15th at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

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