New Yok City
December 18, 2012 – June 30, 2013
The Sau-Wing Lam collection of violin-family instruments is one of the most important collections of bowed Italian stringed instruments ever assembled by a private individual. Sau-Wing Lam (1923–1988) was born in Shanghai, China. In 1948 he moved to New York City..
An amateur violinist and violist, Lam bought his first important violin in the 1960s and assembled his impressive collection of violins and bows over the next twenty-five years. His holdings eventually included such significant instruments as the “Baltic” violin by Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù,” the “Bavarian” and “Scotland University” violins by Antonio Stradivari, the “ex Collin” violin by Nicolò Amati, an extremely early viola by Andrea Amati, and Lam’s favorite violin, an instrument by Giuseppe Guarneri, one of his earliest acquisitions.
Sau-Wing Lam enjoyed sharing his collection and regularly opened his home to scholars, dealers, and musicians. The family hosted impromptu chamber concerts and passionate discussions about music that would last well into the early morning hours. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. Lam’s death, the collection is being exhibited for the first time in the United States.
Also note: Sunday, April 21, 3:30-3:50 Free Lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
From Andrea Amati to Antonio Stradivari: Birth and Splendor of Violin Making in Cremona