This July, J & A Beare marked the tenth anniversary of the Beare’s International Violin Society with a weekend-long celebratory event at Herrenchiemsee in Germany.
Since its founding in 2010, the project has been a vital gateway for rising-star artists to access truly excellent instruments. The Society links generous prospective patrons with musicians in need of instruments – Beare’s unique close relationships to both owners and artists allows the company to facilitate the deep personal connections needed for the successful long-term loan of a fine violin, viola or cello. Over the years, leading artists including Janine Jansen, Nigel Kennedy, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason have been recipients of the scheme, while in the summer of 2022 alone, artists Guy Johnston, Inmo Yang, and Alexandra Tirsu and more have all received instruments through the Society’s work.
This event, delayed by two years through Covid, celebrated a decade’s worth of music making in the glorious mountain surroundings of Herrenchiemsee in Germany. For Society patrons the occasion marked a chance to reflect on the achievements of the project to date – including the lasting memories of fantastic performances from previous artists – and to look to the future, with many new rising stars in the world of classical music eager to show their prowess on fine instruments.