The Strad Calendar 2022: Dutch treasures
The Strad Calendar 2022 showcases twelve of the finest instruments belonging to the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation. Head of collection Frits Schutte outlines its work, while Hubert de Launay gives a tour of the riches
Since its founding in 1988, the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (in Dutch the ‘Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds’, or NMF) has become a pillar of Dutch musical culture. So far, around 2,500 musicians have been given access to an instrument that will hopefully inspire them to develop their talents and careers in the best possible way. An average of more than 400 musicians play on an instrument (and/or a bow) from the NMF on a long-term loan. There are musicians with an NMF instrument in almost all the Netherlands’ leading orchestras, ensembles and chamber music groups. Those instruments travel all over the world.
The NMF was initially a private initiative, founded by the father of a talented young violinist. During the search for an instrument for his daughter he came to realise that for many musicians the purchase of a suitable instrument was completely out of reach. Since then, its support has expanded to encompass a large range of musicians: from very young, talented students to experienced professionals, regardless of their nationality, age, music genre or performance practice. The only condition is that they remain connected to Dutch musical life as a professional performing artist, and as long as a suitable instrument is out of their own reach….