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Alina Kostina 16 1/8" viola 2019, "Conte Vitale" Guarneri, Seattle, WA

Alina Kostina 16 1/8" viola 2019, "Conte Vitale" Guarneri, Seattle, WA

$45,000.00
Code: VA1625~K108-4

This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022

About the Maker

Alina Kostina is a Russian-born violin maker now living in Seattle, WA. She grew to love the violin through her early childhood music studies. Although the Soviet Union produced many great violinists, it provided its children with appalling violins. For many years of her early life Alina lived in the conviction that violins were made in Moscow Furniture Factory No. 2. Armed with a greenish-yellow fiddle and a color-matched bow, complete with double bass grade hair, 6-year old Alina went to work, bowing hard, hoping one day this repurposed furniture would blossom into a real Strad and the black hair on her bow would turn unicorn white. Needless to say, much rosin was applied in pursuit of the coveted white hair.

Alina studied violin making under the nurturing guidance of one of the preeminent modern makers David Gusset in Eugene, OR, with whom she continues to work today. Attending the celebrated Oberlin Violin Makers’ Workshop has offered invaluable opportunities to work and learn alongside many other great makers from around the world. Alina has undertaken close study of important historical instruments by traveling to Cremona, Italy and Mittenwald, Germany, visiting the Chi Mei Collection in Taiwan and the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and attending exhibits at VSA conventions. ​

About the Instrument

The viola is a copy of 1676 Andrea Guarneri "Conte Vitali". I preserved all major features of the original in my copy, including the beautiful cello-style head. The wood was carefully matched to the maple of the original with perfect quarter-cut, very tight grain maple. The almost no-flame appearance shows off the gorgeous and elegant architecture of the arch. 
 
The ribs are made of opio (field maple native to Italy). The original head was also made of opio by I used lighter density maple in the interest of comfort for the player.  
 
The top is made of Alpine fir, instead of spruce,  which would have been authentic material for the time and the maker.
 
The viola has a soloist quality with good protection and a wide range of overtones.

Article number: VA1625~K108-4
Availability: In stock

This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022

About the Maker

Alina Kostina is a Russian-born violin maker now living in Seattle, WA. She grew to love the violin through her early childhood music studies. Although the Soviet Union produced many great violinists, it provided its children with appalling violins. For many years of her early life Alina lived in the conviction that violins were made in Moscow Furniture Factory No. 2. Armed with a greenish-yellow fiddle and a color-matched bow, complete with double bass grade hair, 6-year old Alina went to work, bowing hard, hoping one day this repurposed furniture would blossom into a real Strad and the black hair on her bow would turn unicorn white. Needless to say, much rosin was applied in pursuit of the coveted white hair.

Alina studied violin making under the nurturing guidance of one of the preeminent modern makers David Gusset in Eugene, OR, with whom she continues to work today. Attending the celebrated Oberlin Violin Makers’ Workshop has offered invaluable opportunities to work and learn alongside many other great makers from around the world. Alina has undertaken close study of important historical instruments by traveling to Cremona, Italy and Mittenwald, Germany, visiting the Chi Mei Collection in Taiwan and the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, and attending exhibits at VSA conventions. ​

About the Instrument

The viola is a copy of 1676 Andrea Guarneri "Conte Vitali". I preserved all major features of the original in my copy, including the beautiful cello-style head. The wood was carefully matched to the maple of the original with perfect quarter-cut, very tight grain maple. The almost no-flame appearance shows off the gorgeous and elegant architecture of the arch. 
 
The ribs are made of opio (field maple native to Italy). The original head was also made of opio by I used lighter density maple in the interest of comfort for the player.  
 
The top is made of Alpine fir, instead of spruce,  which would have been authentic material for the time and the maker.
 
The viola has a soloist quality with good protection and a wide range of overtones.

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