Los Angeles, CA. September 10, 2012 – Renowned conductor and concert violinist Ashot Tigranyan has acquired a violin crafted by violinmaker Eric Benning from his Los Angeles violin shop ( http://www.benningviolins.com/
“Los Angeles is a hub for many great classical artists and we have many marquis artists of Tigranyan’s caliber come through the door,” explains Benning, who hand-crafted this particular violin only a year ago. “An artist typically will go into the playing room where we set out maybe four to eight instruments for them to try out. My own instrument was mixed in with older master violins ( http://www.benningviolins.com/
Tigranyan, who graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with the legendary Russian violinist Leonid Kogan, will be performing with the Benning violin in his five-date September tour of Mallorca Spain that will see him on the stage in the cities of Llucmajor, Palma and Artà. He has performed extensively throughout Russia, Europe, and the United States.
The violin was crafted by Benning in 2011 and was modeled after a famous violin by the Italian master Tommaso Balestrieri from 1748. "The instrument is a rich, powerful instrument of noble beauty," states Benning, whose violins, violas and cellos ( http://www.benningviolins.com/
Tigranyan has recently added to his solo violin career by becoming the Founder and Music Director of the exciting, virtuoso Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, which performs music selections by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and others. Combining both his skills as a conductor and solo artist Tigranyan performs an extensive concerto repertoire.
As for Benning, he is thrilled to put another one of his fine instruments in the hands of one more distinguished performer. “When a well known artist acquires a modern instrument, it's good for all modern violinmakers because it proves that we've learned to create instruments as good as the old masters. Like my dad always says, ‘Stradivari only made new instruments’”