I am very grateful to have been given the help of Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust in order to acquire a Joseph Gagliano violin to use throughout my career. The Sophie Rosa Violin Trust was launched to set up a syndicate which owns shares in the violin. Fundraising for purchasing the instrument has now been completed and I am grateful to all those that have been involved. Over the next 20 years I will be able to acquire the violin gradually over time and eventually become the outright owner. The Trust will accept donations from any sponsors wishing to help me achieve this aim. For further information regarding the Stradivari Trust, registered charity please contact the trust manager, Dr Sibylle Jackson at


The violin is a Joseph Gagliano of Naples, dated 1795. It was once owned by the famous nineteenth century violinist, August Wilhelmj.

The violin is accompanied with hand written letters of his detailing the sale of the violin in 1899.

Letter from Joseph Chanot dated 1898.

I am also very grateful to the Stradivari Trust for their assistance in acquiring a Claude Joseph Fonclause violin bow. The bow comes with a Bernard Millant certificate pictured below. For further information please contact Kate Lee at: [email protected]