J & A Beare is delighted to work closely with leading international luthiers, Stefan-Peter Greiner and Robert Brewer Young, whose instruments we also sell and represent to clients.
Stefan-Peter Greiner’s violins and violas are considered to be among the finest contemporary instruments in the world. They are played by many leading musicians including; Christian Tetzlaff, Franz Helmerson, Kim Kashkashian, Leonidas Kavakos, Hyeyoon Park, Antje Weithaas and players from the Alban Berg, Hagen, Keller, Kuss and Parker string quartets.
Peter’s instruments are normally subject to a five-year waiting list. However, as the only firm to represent Peter Greiner in the UK, J & A Beare is pleased to offer clients the opportunity to try out Peter’s instruments and acquire them after a relatively short period, if not immediately.
All of Peter’s new instruments are sold with a two-year guarantee: if the buyers are not satisfied with their purchase, they can exchange them for a new Greiner instrument (subject to terms and conditions). All buyers benefit from a personalised service from the maker himself, both pre- and post-sale, for set-up, adjustment and advice.
Robert Brewer Young stands among the world’s most active and respected violin makers. Trained as a luthier in the artist’s studios of Carnegie Hall in New York, Robert has cared for scores of instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri and other classical Italian masters. He is now devoted exclusively to making signature instruments in the spirit of these Cremonese visionaries. Robert’s cellos, violins and violas are played by soloists and in orchestras around the world. His clientele includes members of The Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai Symphonies, The Kirov and Paris Opera Orchestras, Harvard University, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As a cello maker, Robert Brewer Young is represented by J & A Beare in London, for whom he makes a limited number of instruments each year.
“Robert Brewer Young is a one-off! Somehow in his presence, the world seems to be a different – and much better – place. I’m very honoured that he has made for me a beautiful cello, a copy of the Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius on which I play most of my concerts. Robert’s cello is named the Lady Joanna (in honour of my girlfriend Joanna!) and I am happy to report that it has many of the noble qualities both of its model and of its namesake…”
– Steven Isserlis