Anne Akiko Meyers’ Thoughts on the 1741 “ex-Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesù

By Anne Akiko Meyers | From the November-December 2022 issue of Strings magazine

We asked violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, “Do the spirits of the people who have handled your violin, the 1741 ‘ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesù, resonate in your performances with the instrument?”

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Vieuxtemps and Ysaÿe [who played this violin] were both among the greatest violinists in history, and I really do feel the soul of the violin and how these incredible historical figures infused their souls into the instrument to create a unique and very personal chemistry with this living, breathing piece of wood.

I think they absolutely resonate within this violin.

A version of this article first appeared in the September 2017 issue.