Violinist Alexandra Tirsu Receives Ida Haendel’s Stradivarius


London’s J & A Beare has loaned the 1699 Ida Haendel Stradivarius to the 30-year-old Moldovan-Romanian violinist Alexandra Tirsu.

In 2021, Alexandra Tirsu was a laureate of the ARD competitors, the place she additionally acquired the viewers prize. As well as, she has acquired prizes on the 2018 Seoul Worldwide Music Competitors and the 2014 Osaka Worldwide Competitors. Tirsu is at the moment a pupil of Janine Jansen.

Along with her new instrument, Tirsu is within the course of of constructing her first recording, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Donato Cabrera. They may carry out Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the Beethoven Romances, and a brand new concerto by the Austrian composer Paul Lorenz — all of which will likely be recorded at Abbey Highway Studios.

Ida Haendel performed on the 1699 Stradivarius for almost all of her profession, having first acquired it within the Fifties. Specifically, she discovered the instrument to be of a superb dimension for her smaller-than-average fingers.

Most good devices are constructed moderately heavily; I used to be very fortunate to seek out this one,” Haendel informed journalist Jessica Duchen in 1986.

“[The violin] has a really lovely sound and is a lovely-trying instrument. Lots of people assume it is without doubt one of the finest. It would not have an extremely loud sound — however then I by no means thought that the violin needs to be like an explosion!”