Castleman Donates 1748 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini Violin to Frost School of Music

Mike Lawson • News • May 2, 2019

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Frost School of Music professor Maestro Charles Castleman has donated his 1748 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, with a scroll the work of Francesco Stradivari, circa 1735, to the Frost School of Music.

The violin, insured for one million dollars, was presented during Maestro Castleman’s Frost Music Live performance with the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin.

Dean Shelton G. Berg of the Frost School of Music stated: “We are very moved by this extraordinary gift to our school by Charlie, who is one of the world’s most renowned performers and teachers of the violin and a beloved member of our faculty. While this extraordinary instrument is worth a great deal of money, its value cannot only be measured in dollars. it is an invaluable tool in our mission to provide an incomparable music education to aspiring young musicians today.”

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