Maxim Vengerov plays the ‘Schneiderhan’ Stradivarius violin - first prize for the Menuhin Competition 2016


There is nothing like a 301-year-old violin sound. I was very lucky, as at the age of 10, I was given the use of a half-size Strad. You immediately think that you are now going to be an amazing violinist because you are playing a Strad, with its magical sound ...

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