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Because of their rarity and exquisite craftmanship, the famed violins of Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ fetch a high price – including the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ which boasts the title of the world’s most expensive violin. Recently, violinist David Garrett fulfilled a lifelong dream of acquiring a del Gesu violin from 1736 – he joins online editor Davina Shum in this episode to speak about what ‘del Gesù’ violins mean for him, as well as his new  ‘del Gesù’ Club, where owners, players and collectors of ‘del Gesù’ violins gathered to play, observe and discuss all things ‘del Gesù’.

Find out more about David’s ’del Gesù’ Club at

6 lieder op.34 II Auf Flügeln des Gesanges – Felix Mendelssohn

The Four Seasons ‘Winter’ II Largo – Antonio Vivaldi

David Garrett, violin


Deutsche Grammophon

Photo credit Christopher Koestlin