Maistorovici plays on and is the current custodian of the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation 1751 Nicolò Gagliano violin.
Among the great makers of the Neapolitan tradition, Nicolò Gagliano (c. 1710 – 1785), son of Alessandro, stands out for his consistently high standards of craftsmanship and sound quality. His instruments are among the most highly sought-after of the Gagliano family. One of the most talented in a family lineage of violin makers spanning two centuries (c. 1665-1886), Nicolò followed in the footsteps of Stradivari for the most part, as did later generations of the family, though he in particular sometimes used Amati models. (source: Tarisio.com)
Picture: portrait of Arcangelo Corelli holding his Gagliano violin
RAȚIU FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Vlad Maistorovici is a former Rațiu scholar.
The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation was established in London in 1979 by Ion and Elisabeth Rațiu to promote and support projects which further education and research in the culture and history of Romania, both in Romania and the UK.