Philip J. Kass, curator of string instruments at Curtis Institute of Music, is one of the most sought-after expert appraisers of fine classic stringed instruments and bows in the world. His fascinating talk—a perfect segue way into a series of concerts performed on a number of rare Italian violins in February—focuses on what really makes a Strad or an Amati such special instruments compelling people to pay millions for them. From 1977 until 2002, Kass was an associate of William Moennig & Son, Ltd. of Philadelphia, where he handled many of the world’s great stringed instruments. He has published numerous articles in such journals as the Strad, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Smithsonian, and Strings, among others.
A pre-concert talk to the CMA Performing Arts Series performance by Gil Shaham. Free admission with your Gil Shaham concert ticket.