Rachel Kolly D'Alba and Vuillaume's "St Jean" Violin
The Swiss Artistic Global Foundation - owners of the world's only played matched set of string quartet instruments - has given Rachel Kolly D'Alba
the use of the "St Jean" violin, made by renowned 19th Century French master violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. Rachel will be using the St Jean to record her next CD, and will also be playing it in concert performances supporting the release of Passion Ysaÿe, her recording of Eugène Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas
, which was released on May 3rd by Warner Classics and Jazz. Regarded as one of the greatest of luthiers, Vuillaume worked from Paris between 1823 and his death in 1875, winning numerous awards - including the Legion d'Honneur - for the quality of his workmanship, and producing more than 3000 violins over the course of his life. Built in 1863, The Evangelists is an entirely unique quartet, each instrument being made from wood from the same tree - there is no other quartet of instruments in the world made by a master maker of which this is true. Comprising two violins - St John (or Jean) and St Mark - the St Matthew viola and St Luke cello, the quartet was acquired by the Swiss Global Foundation in April 2008 from leading contemporary French luthier Etienne Vatelot.