The Strad’s 2021 Calendar celebrates 15 years since the start of the Dextra Musica foundation, whose instrument collection has swiftly become one of the finest in the world. Unlike many other valuable collections, these instruments are in daily use. John Dilworth highlights some of the treasures
Set up in 2006, Dextra Musica was created by the DNB Savings Bank Foundation to manage its new collection of stringed instruments. Fifteen years later, the collection has grown into one of the world’s most comprehensive and definitive holdings of fine instruments, both old and new. The heart of it, and its entire purpose, is not mere acquisition of rare and valuable objects, but a huge investment in music, and a deep commitment to Norwegian musicians. While the collection has a beautifully selected range of the greatest historical makers, including some of their finest examples, it is not overburdened with the personality of any one maker. It is not just composed of Stradivaris and Guarneris. Contained within this glittering collection is just about every facet of the violin maker’s art. Most importantly, the instruments have been selected by musicians as much as by dealers and connoisseurs…
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