News By Tag
News By Location
Amati Foundation partners with hit TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Amati Foundation has partnered with ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founder Bill Townsend and violinmaker Boris de Granda participated in an episode of the hit television show which airs nationally Sunday, November 7, 8pm EST.
Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX – November 4, 2010 -- The Amati Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the stringed arts is proud to announce its affiliation with ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Amati Foundation founder William “Bill” Townsend and Newport Beach, California violinmaker Boris Odio de Granda represented Amati in an episode of the hit television show which will air on national television Sunday, November 7 at 8pm EST.
“Helping the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producers, cast, and volunteers assist a family that triumphed over unimaginable challenges largely due to a shared love of classical music was the perfect outlet for Amati Foundation’s efforts to provide young performers with violins, violas, celli, and other stringed instruments,”
Townsend is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the launch and management of several high profile companies including Internet search pioneer Lycos.com, social networking pioneer sixdegrees.com (now LinkedIn), YouthStream Media Networks (now Alloy), GeoCities (now Yahoo!), Deja.com (now eBay and Google) and YourOffers. He founded The Amati Foundation in 2000 to assist young performers in acquiring essential tools-of-the-
Boris Odio de Granda is a world-renowned violinmaker working out of the borisviolins studio in Newport Beach, California. He is a graduate and former instructor at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. In recent years Mr. de Granda has been highlighted in various print media, interviewed on classical music radio, and received an Award for Tone from the Violin Society of America making competition. The borisviolins studio was also featured in the March 2009 issue of The Strad.
Companies and individuals that contributed to the effort included Boston Dental Group of Las Vegas, Nevada, Charles W. Liu Fine Violins, Eric Meyer, The Estes Family, International Violin Co., and the Violin Making School of America.
# # #
About Amati Foundation: The Amati Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the stringed arts, namely the instruments and music of the violin family.