Event Details

Event Description

We invite you to come hear, see and learn about rare violins. Throughout history, rare violins from renowned makers have not declined in value, and have reliable valuation records that in some cases go back hundreds of years. They are works of art on par with paintings by Picasso and Van Gogh, both in market and artistic value - one of the most expensive recorded sales in recent years was a 273-year-old violin by the Cremonese master Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesu’, known as the “ex-Vieuxtemps,” which sold in excess of 16 Million USD. While significant financial acquisitions, these instruments are also tools that are cherished by artists around the globe for their unique sound, and are regularly heard in the world’s great concert halls.

We will discuss the history of rare and antique string instruments, how to appreciate them as works of art, as tools, and also as reliable financial investments, and much more in this event. There will also be time to enjoy the exquisite sound quality of these fine instruments.


The language of the event will be English.

Registration and Payment

Purchase in advance: RMB 20 for students; RMB 80 for others.
Purchase at the door: RMB 100.

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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Remarks and Q&A


  • Colin Maki

    Colin Maki

    Colin Maki is an expert in the field of rare instruments with almost 15 years of experience. Prior to operating an independent consultancy based in New York City, he served as Sales Manager for the firm of Carl Becker and Son in Chicago and as Senior Specialist for Tarisio Auctions. Colin will also bring several fine examples of rare and valuable instruments to display, including an instrument by Antonio Stradivari.

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  • Shawn Moore (Violinist, Musician in Residence for the Yale Club of Beijing)

    Shawn Moore

    Violinist, Musician in Residence for the Yale Club of Beijing

    Shawn Moore is an American violinist, currently teaching and performing in China, the US and other locations throughout the world. He is the Musician in Residence at The Affiliated High School of Peking University, a visiting professor at the Nanjing School of the Arts, and Musician in Residence for the Yale Club of Beijing. While pursuing his career as a musician, Shawn also concurrently works for Bard College, covering East/Central Asia as an admissions officer and representative for institutional relations. He has been based in Beijing since the fall of 2014. Shawn is passionate about languages and communication in general – be it musical, linguistic or otherwise. He is a graduate of Bard College and Yale University.

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Standard Ticket
Standard Price RMB 80
Student Ticket
Standard Price RMB 20

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