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?”
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.