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Brahms project's Orchestra

Pauken en Koperblazers



2019 & 2020
Dresdner Apparatebau Salon Machine Pauken (Kurbel Pauken) 59 & 64 cm
Bouwjaar weet ik niet zeker, maar vermoedelijk rond 1920 of 1930

Dresdner Apparatebau Salon Machine Pauken (Kurbel Pauken) 59 & 64 cm + Poschardt Machine Pauk (Kurbel Pauke) 73 cm

Arjan Jongsma

I used an anonymous French natural horn of the first half of the 19th century.

2020 and 2021
I used a natural horn built by Tabard in Lyon in the first half of the 19th century.

Fabio Forgiarini

Instrument from Kate Rockett

Niels Jacobs
Copy made by Richard Seraphinoff of a horn originally made by Antoine Halari in Paris ca. 1810
Simon Porier
Schmid after Franz Lorenz’s horn.
Vincent Serra

I have used in both the symphonies I have played in a French natural trumpet, copy of a Raoux from 1800 made by Patrick Fraize. It had the particularity of being hand-stoped, like the horns, on. F’s, Eb and other notes out of the natural harmonic series.

For the able concerto for cello and violin, I have used a very nice old Bb rotary trumpet made by Gustav Wagner in Dresden. The instrument is most probably dated from the 1940’s. It was then made in a quite old fashion way.

For the piano concerto with Olga, I have used a Romantic F trumpet copied By Christian Bosc from an Italian original by Fernando Roth. It is quite a conservative choice of valved instrument but I thought it suits Brahms very well.

Nicolas Isabelle

The instruments I used for different pieces throughout the two years were:
-Copy of a 1800 natural trumpet by Rauex, made by Patrick fraize
-Copy of a ca. 1720 natural trumpet, made by Matt Martin, Norwich.
-Copy of a mid 19th century Italian rotary trumpet in F, made by Cristian Bosc.
-ca. 1900 Bb rotary, Dresden design.

Amir Rabinovits


Gebruikte fluiten, allen gemaakt door Fridtjof Aurin Düsseldorf naar originelen van:
• Wilhelm Liebel (1793-1873) uit Dresden.

1) Een buxushouten 9 kleppen fluit, het origineel gebouwd na 1830 en
2) Een ebbenhouten 9 kleppen fluit, het origineel gebouwd voor 1850.

De piccolo is ook een Liebel en wel een ebbenhouten origineel met 5 kleppen gebouwd voor 1870.

Marten Root
I have used a 9-keyed boxwood flute with silver rings by Fridtjof Aurin, after Wilhelm Liebel (Dresden, original ca. 1830)
Teresa Costa

Oboe: Carl Teodor Golde (Dresden)

Jose Maria Domenech Lafont

Brahms 1 and 2:
Oboe from A. Klein – Berlin
Brahms 3:
Oboe from O. Mönnig – Leipzich 1860/1870

Esther van der Ploeg

Ze zijn A- en Bb Klarinet van J. Pöschl, München. De Pöschl Werkstatt is een directe voortzetting van die van Georg Ottensteiner, die Mühlfelds klarinetten leverde.

Frank van den Brink
The Clarinets are made by Alfred Rosenwald of Copenhagen. There are similar instrument in the Nicholas Shackleton collecton”
Erik Rojas

Instrument: Romantic German Clarinet, Ottensteiner-like clarinet, originals, c. 1890 (this is what I remember, I am asked the person who lent me the instruments to check and be more precise)

Sergio Sánchez
Fagot Heckel-Biebrich serie 3517
Hugo Arteaga
I was using a Heckel bassoon from 1895.
Benny Aghassi

Heckel Biebrich bassoon from c.1885

Jane Gower

2019: Heckel #3317 (1886), Heckel CC00 bocal
2020: Heckel pre-3000 (before 1877), original (Heckel) bocal, historically-scraped reed

2021: Heckel 4000 series, Mollenhauer & Söhne #1 bocal with a whisper key vent notch

Luis Santos

Original contrabassoon by Gustav Mollenhauer, Cassel.

It is the contrabassoon No. 28, which was bought in 1907 by the royal court chapel Altenburg

We bought it from the Altenburg State Theatre in 2017.

Heide Pantzier


-Lorenzo Ventapane violin
-Ettore Soffriti violin (with Gut strings)
-Dominique Peccatte bow
-Jacob Eury bow
-Claude Joseph Fonclause bow

Eliot Lawson
Hieronimus Amati, probably built in Venetië ca. 1740.
Peter Brunt

Joseph Gagliano (1775)

Joe Puglia
Greek Violinmaker in 2013, and was based on an Amati model. The bow I used was made in the beginning of the 20th century, anonymous, probably german.
Anthi Ioannidou
Instrument: violin made by Giulio Degani in Venice, 1902 Bow made by Charles Nicolas Bazin in Mirecourt, +/- 1900
Daniel Leenders
My violin is made by Thomas James Holder and is from 1935. My bow is made by Emilio Slaviero, modern bow maker in Cremona, from 2013.
Diane Cesaro
Bourlier violin from c1820 with a Hill bow from c1903
Emma Williams

Violin by Pieter Rombouts, made in Amsterdam around 1690.
The bows I used are made by John Dodd in London around 1810 and by Nicolas Maire, Paris around 1845.

Franc Polman
Modern violin built in 2011 by argentinian luthier Mauro Facundo Cura.
Gonzalo Arguella

Violin: Amédée Dieudonné, 1956, Mirecourt
Bow: Johann Gottfried Herrmann

Irene Piazza
Violin mad by W. Crijnen and and bow from Karel van der Meer (both owned by CvA)
Karina Sosnowska

Anonymous. It says that it’s made by Laurentius Storioni in the 18th century but obviously it is not an original Storioni.

Kirsti Apajalahti
Laurene Baron

Violin: Johannes Franciscus Cuypers (Den Haag, 1797)

Bow: Marcel Fetique (Paris, 1940)

Leo Nikishin

A violin made by Begnt Widlund in 1995 for the projects and a bow by Peter Möerth made in 2012

Lucas Bernardo
Modern violin (luthier unknown) built several decades ago, with modern set-up. I used gut strings for the Brahms project and my modern bow.
Manja Okkerse
My violin says Stefano Scarampella (though I doubt it is). Should be built around 1870s. My bow is a modern bow, on the heavy side but not sure what it is.
Mayumi Nuria Sargent Harada
A presumably German copy of a Cerutti violin (build beginning of 20th century) A presumably German bow build in the 20th century
Monet Twisk
Alfons Pisters after a model of Guarneri (built in 2012). For this project I used gut strings.
Nino Natroshvili
It’s a German, Factory-Made violin, circa 1880, with the style of Stradivari (it has no label or name inside). The bow I was using was a modern J. Tubbs model (unidentified maker), circa 1890
Pablo Griggio

The violin t was made by Johannes Theodorus Cuypers (1724-1808) The Hague, whose original label dated 1806 the instrument bears.

The bow, It was made by Victor Fétique (1872-1933) Paris, 1925.

Nao Takahashi

Violin made by Willem van der Sijde, end of the 17th century. Bow, modern, anonymous.

Sara de Vries
Nicolas Blaga,
Cluj-Napoca, 2016
Louis Bazin, Mirecourt, early 20th Century
Álvaro Muñoz Perera

Boris Sverdlik, Cremona 2011, #225 model Stradivarius 1714 “Soil”

The bow I use was made by Andreas Grütter in Amsterdam, in 2009, using his own model.

Raven Mischke


Richard Wolfe
I used my modern viola with gut strings on (made by Luc Deneys in Cremona).
Cesarella Pavel

Brahms 2020
Viola: Jay Haide, model Antiquo, with transitional montage by Guillem Gecubí
Bow: baroque bow (chinese)

Brahms 2021
Viola: Koen Boschmann, 2021, baroque viola model “Snoek”
Bow: transitional bow (chinese)

Eura Fortuny

Viola made by Daniël Royé, from the year 2019. My bow is made by a member of the Knopf family, in Germany around the end of the 19th century.

Jeltje Quirijinen
Jose Nunes
Viola made by the Canadian luthier Theo Marx in 2018; the bow is a German bow but unknown, because it’s not sure that it’s a Sturm.
Lorenzo Titolo Duchini

Viola: Felix Vitozzi Romanus Facibat Anno 1983
Viola bow: Unknown maker

Shih-Hsien Tsai
Maker: Karl Adam Hörlein (1829 – 1902) Year/ Place: 1887, Würzburg, Germany
Tim Wai

I used a Jean-Luc Domenichini from 2010, Nice, with a Andreas Grütter Bow.

Praud Julien

My instrument is from the Brothers Amati 1620

William Vyvyan Murray


Cello: Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milano ca 1750 (in bruikleen van het NMF) Strijkstok: François Lupot, Paris ca 1815
Viola de Hoog

Cello: manufactury Markneukirchen 1900

bow: Friedrich Meinel (1885-1962)

Anna Reisener
Stick – pernambuco wood (Caesalpinia echinata, Brazil) Frog – ebony (Diospyros, not identifiable ssp, East Africa or India) Slide and pearl eyes – mother of pearl (haliotis gigantea) Button – silber/ebony (Diospyros, not identifiable ssp, East Africa or India) Thumb leather – goat leather (Capra hircus hircus, Europe) Faceplate – Synthetic imitation of ivory and Ebony Mountings – silver
Amke te Wies

Cello: een instrument van de Franse firma Laberte-Humbert Frères gebouwd in 1924

Strijkstok: een stok uit de Amsterdamse atelier van Karel van der Meer, gebouwd omstreeks jaren 10/20 van de 20ste eeuw.

Gied van Oorschot

Violoncello by Riccardo Bergonzi (Cremona, 2011).

Bow made by Pierre Guillaume (Brussels, 2007).

Jacopo Ristori

Cello by Thomas Dodd (1800) and a bow by Emmanuel Bégin

Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde


BASS: D Busan, Venise 1743
BOW: Sylvain Bigot, Paris copy of F X Tourte
Richard Myron
Instrument: build by Daniël Royé in Amsterdam, 2007. 3/4 model, 4-string. Bow: unknown builder, 19th century ‘German’ bow
Clemens van der Feen

Copy of a 19th century Italian bass made by Oskar Kappelmeyer and the bow has no name, probably begining of the 20th century.

Juan Diaz
2020 – Rubner 1969 – Doublebass Dragonetti bow. 2021 – French double bass from ca.1870 (probably Jacquet school Modern bow
Giuseppe Ciraso-Calì
The instrument I used is a French bass made in factory in Mirecourt around 1900.
Yussif Barakat