Photo: Chris Lee

Rising star American violinist Nathan Meltzer has been granted the long-term loan of the “Ames, Totenberg” Stradivarius by Rare Violins In Consortium. The premiere instrument in the In Consortium program, it was the former property of the late virtuoso violinist and renowned teacher Roman Totenberg, and its story includes a saga of theft and posthumous recovery, restoration and sale to an anonymous benefactor. The outstanding Stradivari violin was made in the master’s 90th year and is considered to be one of the most representative specimens of his last years. Its name is derived from a previous distinguished owner, George Ames, and is more widely known today as the “Ames, Totenberg.”

The Stradivarius was presented to Nathan by Roman Totenberg’s daughters Amy, Jill and Nina Totenberg on behalf of an anonymous owner at the launch of Rare Violins in Consortium – an institution that has been founded specifically to provide a platform for benefactors and artists to collaborate on instrument loans and related projects.

Nathan Meltzer is a protégé and student of Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, and next month makes his French concerto debut with Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France under the baton of compatriot Case Scaglione.


The full press release is available here – RARE VIOLINS in CONSORTIUM Media Release