I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded the honour of performing on the 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank for the next three years.  I’m proud to be part of this community of 23 recipients of fine violins and cellos. I’d like to thank Rick Heinl, the team at Heinl & Co., and the Canada Council for the Arts for this generous loan, and for all of their work to establish and grow this amazing program. This is my second time with an instrument from the bank; my previous choice was the 1871 Vuillaume with bow - I guess I have a type!

1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin

This violin, made by J.B. Vuillaume in Paris in 1851, is of a Maggini model and has the larger body associated with the Brescian makers of the late sixteenth century. This violin possesses a very strong and focused voice, and was played for eight years by Sarah Nematallah, second violinist in the Cecilia Quartet. This is this violin’s first appearance in the Instrument Bank, on loan from Dr. Robert Williams.
More on the instrument: :…/1851-jean-baptist…

One of my favourite features (beyond the glorious sound!) is the double purfling floral patterns on the back:


I’ve really been enjoying exploring this instrument over the last few weeks, and look forward to performing on it in public soon!

To learn more about the Instrument Bank and to learn about the other recipients, visit