Founded in 1892, Beare’s leads the world in appraising and brokering sales of the finest stringed instruments. In 2012 we sold the world’s most expensive violin - the Vieuxtemps-Stoutzker by Guarneri del Gesu - now on lifetime loan to the American soloist Anne-Akiko Myers. Recent visitors to our London premises include Valery Gergiev, Vadim Repin, Maurice Hasson, György Pauk, Ralph Kirshbaum Lynn Harrell, Yo Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Nigel Kennedy, Pinchas Zukerman, Pierre Amoyal, Truls Mørk, Julia Fischer, Hilary Hahn, Nicola Benedetti, Joshua Bell and many more distinguished friends. We have been proud to collaborate with many world class institutions, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Mariinsky Theatre, English Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Academy of Music, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nippon Music Foundation, Deutsches Stiftung Musikleben, Chi Mei Museum and the Stradivari Museum in Cremona. We are the official advisors to the Royal Society of Musicians.
Our managing directors, Simon Morris and Steven Smith, lead an unrivalled team of specialists. Charles Beare, who took over the firm from his stepfather in the 1960s retired as director in 2012 at the age of 75 after a long and distinguished career. Our luthiers combine over one hundred and fifty years of expertise, giving our workshop a unique position of excellence. We maintain the most comprehensive archive of appraisal photographs, certificates and historic records. In 2008 we received the highest honour for a British business – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. We are the only fine art business to be recognised in this way. Our royal connection goes back further: the cello used by Prince Charles in his youth was bought from the firm. We are proud to work with young musicians and foundations which help those unable to afford their own fine old violin or cello. We started the prestigious Beare’s International Violin Society to bring together patrons and musicians. In 2013 Beare’s was the leading sponsor of the Ashmolean Museum’s Stradivari exhibition. Our luthiers combine several hundred years of expertise, giving our workshop a unique position of excellence. We maintain the most comprehensive archive of appraisal photographs, certificates and violin records. In 2013 Beare’s was the leading sponsor of the Ashmolean Museum’s Stradivari exhibition.