The statement said the violin will be paired with a yet-to-be-selected recipient through the foundation’s instrument loan program, which enables deserving young artists to perform on high-quality instruments to which they would not have access otherwise.Dating from late in the career of master violin maker Antonio Stradivari, who died in Cremona, Italy, in 1737, the “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Strad has passed through the hands of some distinguished musicians and collectors.As part of her experience with the group, Stirling wrote a solo violin rock song, and her performance helped her to win the state title of Arizona's Junior Miss and claim the Spirit Award in the America's Junior Miss Finals competition.From a young age, Stirling had a fascination for dance, and desired to take both dancing and violin lessons.and Shirley Ruwitch; The Stepan Company, through John Stepan, a Ravinia Festival trustee and Ravinia's Steans Music Institute Committee member; a gift from the Dr.
is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer.
In its continuing mission to nurture the next generation of performing artists, the Ravinia Festival maintains an instrument bank through which it lends high-quality instruments to selected young professionals accepted into Ravinia's Steans Music Institute.
The first instrument acquired by the collection is a 1949 Carl Becker violin, which was presented to Ravinia in the fall of 1998 by the late Joseph Bernstein of Glencoe, the founding donor of the Instrument Bank.
In an interview with New Media Rockstars, she said, "..since I was a kid, I've always wished that I could dance, but my parents said, 'You [can] choose violin or you [can] choose dance, but we can't afford both', and I chose violin.
This violin created by Carl Becker in 1949 is part of the Steans Instrument Bank.Owners have included the 19th century Italian cellist and pedagogue Alfredo Piatti, and collector John Hungerford Arkwright, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, in Victorian-era England, after whom the violin was originally named.