“On Friday, Apr. 12 … Frost School of Music Professor Charles Castleman … donated his 1748 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, with a scroll the work of Francesco Stradivari, circa 1735, to the Frost School of Music” at the University of Miami, writes Sheryl Feuerstein in Monday’s (4/29) Miami’s Community Newspapers. “The violin, insured for one million dollars, was presented during Maestro Castleman’s Frost Music Live performance with the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin. The housing of this violin at Frost joins a previous donation of a rare, early 18th century Guarneri violin valued at $1.1 million donated by the Miller family and named the Sue Miller violin. ‘Housing two violins, with such value and quality, is a great asset to Frost School and our students, and I’m glad to be able to make that possible,’ Maestro Castleman said. ‘We are very moved by this extraordinary gift to our school by Charlie, who is one of the world’s most renowned performers and teachers of the violin and a beloved member of our faculty,’ said Dean Shelton G. Berg of the Frost School of Music.”

Posted April 30, 2019