Reed Yeboah Fine Violins proudly presents the 4th Annual Contemporary Violin Makers Exhibition to be held from Oct. 18th through Oct. 20th, 2014. The 3-day event will showcase the world’s most renowned living makers of violins, violas, and cellos for musicians, collectors, and amateurs to try and purchase. The much-anticipated annual event will take place at the Kosciuszko Foundation located at 15 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 between 10am and 6pm daily.
The Exhibition has brought clients from all over the world, as makers strive to reserve their best examples to be exhibited for the New York instrument market. Famous virtuoso violinist Elmar Oliveira, who has attended the exhibition since 2011, expressed his enthusiasm for the event. He says “I think it is great to see the work of so many makers in one place.”
Julie Reed-Yeboah, renowned luthier and restorer, and Yi-Ping Yang, managing director of Reed Yeboah Fine Violins at 1776 Broadway, founded the exhibition with the idea of broadening the choice of high quality professional level instruments in the New York market. In an interview from last year’s exhibit Reed-Yeboah says, “We hope that people come to see these instruments, meet the makers, and get interested in playing instruments which are more affordable than those made by the legendary 18th Century makers.” Reed-Yeboah also asserts that, “Good instruments do get better with age, and modern instruments, when made by great craftsmen are no exceptions. If they sound good now, they will sound even better as time passes.” Entrance to the exhibition is free, and no appointment is needed. See VIMEO link here for a video sample of last year’s exhibit.
About the Founders
Julie Reed-Yeboah is a world-renowned restorer of fine string instruments. Based in New York, her career expands over 30 years of working in the world’s most prestigious workshops. She has lent her restoration expertise to foundations, museums, collectors, and musicians all over the world. A graduate of the Newark School of Violin Making in the United Kingdom, Reed-Yeboah started making violins in her native Nebraska under violinmaker David Wiebe. She is the owner of Reed Yeboah Fine Violins. Among the precious instruments she takes care of collections from the Nippon Foundation and the “Vieuxtemps” 1741 Del Gesu violin, the world’s most expensive violin.
Yi-Ping Yang, A native of Taipei, Taiwan, violist Yi-Ping Yang began her musical training in violin and piano before moving to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Florida International University. Graduate studies quickly followed with Ms. Yang acquiring a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, as well as Yale University’s prestigious Artist Diploma. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, she has traveled the globe with a roster of notable ensembles, with concert engagements spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia. Currently serving as Managing Director of Reed Yeboah Fine Violins in New York City, Ms. Yang continues to aid in the expansion of the shop’s footprint across the global marketplace through the execution of the Contemporary Violin Maker’s Exhibition—an annual event focused on the promotion of modern instrument-making across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.