Antique=excellent; modern= inferior? Szeryng has owned many instrument though the years: two Stradivaris, one Andea Guarneri, a fine Gofriller, two Villuammes and of course the magnificent 1743″ Le Duc” Guarneri del Gesù. except the Guarneri del Gesù, Szeryng had given all of his instruments away. Two of his violins went to younger colleagues – Shlomo Mintz who studied with him for two summers in Genova, and Espin Yepez of Equador, a former teaching assistant.
Another was presented to the city of Warsaw, and the Villuamme was given to the Prince of Monaco. The Andrea Guarneri was given to Mexico City, and, in a event which recived international news coverage, Szeryng donated his 1734 “Hercules” Stradivari to Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem in 1972, as a special token of friendship to that nation. By the way, in his final period, in addition to “Le Duc”, he played on two contemporary violins, made by
contemporay maker. this is history… some notes will added soon