Luthier Andrew Dipper offers talk on Stradivari

Master luthier and historian of string instruments Andrew Dipper will present a talk entitled, “What Makes a Stradivari: The Mysteries of a Great Violin Maker,” on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 5:30 pm, at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

violin5Mr. Dipper is a sought-after lecturer and has taught violinmaking and restoration in Cremona and London. He has also published important texts on various aspects of stringed instruments which include a translation of the violin-making notes of Count Cozio de Salabue, the first collector of instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri and the patron of J. B. Guadagnini; a book on the theory of violin geometry and F-shaped sound-hole construction; and three articles in The Violin Society of America Journal on the works of the Italian makers, their varnishes and working methods. In addition, he edited the translation of The Secrets of Stradivari by S. Sacconi from Italian to English. He is currently working on a translation of La Chelonomié, ou, Le Parfait Luthier, compiled by the Abbé Sibire from the workshop notes of François Lupot.

After studying sculpture and violinmaking in London and Cremona, he founded Andrew Dipper Restorations in London, England in 1975. MORE

Published September 4, 2009
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Collection of Musical Instruments names two conservators

strings-studentsWilliam Purvis, interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, is pleased to announce that two eminent instrument makers have accepted invitations to serve as consultant Conservators to the Collection.

Andrew Dipper, Vice-President of Claire Givens Violins (Minneapolis) will serve as consultant Conservator of String Instruments. A renowned luthier and scholar, Mr. Dipper has performed restoration and conservation work for many of the world’s foremost public and private musical instrument collections, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York; the Federal Musical Instrument Museum of Berlin; the Shrine to Music Museum in South Dakota; and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Rodney Regier, of Freeport, Maine, will serve as consultant Curator of Pianos.  Mr. Regier has completed three extensive restorations of pianos in the Yale Collection and delivered a new fortepiano of his own make to the Yale School of Music last season.  His instruments based on late 18th- and early 19th-century models are used by eminent pianists around the world and by institutions including the University of California, Harvard University, Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory, the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Stanford University, and many others.

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Published June 18, 2009
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