The violinist talks about giving up on old Italian instruments and opting for a bespoke violin by maker Sam Zygmuntowicz
The following is part of a larger ‘Life Lessons’ interview with Leila Josefowicz in The Strad’s May 2018 issue.
I commissioned my violin from Sam Zygmuntowicz after playing various old Italian instruments which, because they were on loan, would end up being taken away and I’d be left searching for a replacement.
Sam listened to me play and asked me what I wanted from a new violin. My priorities were a big range of colours and the ability to feel in control no matter where on the instrument I was playing, and I really couldn’t be happier with the result.
I’ve played some violins that had a great sound, but one sound only. With others, like mine, you’re always discovering something new. The other thing I love about it is the dragon that Sam designed and painted on the back. It makes the instrument unique and, Sam thinks, even improves its tone.
INTERVIEW BY TOM STEWART