Joshua Brown has been granted use of a violin by Pietro Guarneri of Mantua on long-term loan. The 17-year-old student at the Music Institute of Chicago has received the Cremonese-made 1679 instrument through the Stradivari Society thanks to a generous patron.
Winner of the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition, the young violinist was also First Prize winner in the 2016-2017 American Music Institute’s Violin Competition, and National YoungArts winner in 2016 and 2017.
‘I am so grateful and honored that the Stradivari Society has granted me the long-term use of the Pietro Guarneri violin,’ said Brown. ‘Playing such a high calibre instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as a musician, and I am so thankful to both my patron and the Society for believing in me.’
The Stradivari Society currently loans instruments to artists including Vadim Gluzman, Augustin Hadelich, Clara Jumi-Kang, Stephen Waarts and Philippe Quint.
Photo: Stradivari Society Founder Mary Galvin with Joshua Brown and Society Executive Director Suzanne Fushi © Melanie Brown