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Violist Jesus Rodolfo chats to online editor Davina Shum about his distinctive instrument – a copy of the 1696 ‘Spanish Court’ Stradivari, made for him by luthier Diego del Valle. Listen to him speak about seeing the original instrument for the first time as a child, intricate details of the viola, and how playing a modern instrument can benefit one’s playing.

Take a close up look at the instrument: ‘Spanish Court’ Stradivari viola copy by Diego del Valle


Excerpt of III. Andante from Cello Sonata in G minor by Rachmaninov used with permission from Jesus Rodolfo

Photo credit: Chris Zranchev