• Fine Musical Instruments auction at Christies

    Sale 2588

    Fine Musical Instruments

    27 November 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 154


    A VIOLIN, GENOVA, 1914

    Price Realised  


    A VIOLIN, GENOVA, 1914
    Labeled ROCCA ENRICO fu GIUSEPPE Premiato alle Esposizioni Milano 1881 - Arezzo 1882 - Torino 1884 Bologna 1888 - Palermo 1892 Genova 2 medaglie 1893-93 Fecit in Genova anno Domini 1914, length of back: 14 in. (355 mm) with case (3)

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    Certificate: Max Möller & Zone, Amsterdam, July 8, 1976, with photographs attached.

    Born in Cologne, in 1923, Chaim Storosum began his violin studies as a young child. Separated from his family, after fleeing Germany in the mid 1930s, he continued his formal musical education at the Brussels Conservatory, before moving to Paris. As a member of the Eclaireurs Israelites he survived the occupation of France before immigrating to Palestine in November of 1944. Here he performed and taught the violin. Along with the many other emigrants he became an integral member of the rich and dynamic artist's community in what was to become the State of Israel.
    In 1956 Chaim Storosum moved with his young family to the Netherlands where he continued to perform and teach. With his dual passions for both violin performance and Jewish song he founded the Collegium Musicum Judaicum in Amsterdam whose repertoire spanned the deep European-Judaic tradition from pre-Renaissance to the contemporary. The Collegium included a roster of some of Holland's finest musicians and toured throughout Europe for over forty years. Their performances and recordings are celebrated for their lyricism and musicality.
    Chaim Storosum continued to play the violin until his death in 2012.

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