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Yolanda Bruno

Violinist Yolanda Bruno has been praised for her "total control of her instrument, articulation and perfect intonation with infinite variety in the sound palette" (La Presse), and was recently named to CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30. She has performed across North America and Europe including solos with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Youth Orchestra of the America and the London Mozart Players.

 She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most recently winning the Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award (2015) as well as the grand prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition 2013 and best performed work by a Canadian composer. She has also been a recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Yolanda completed undergraduate studies at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and later postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. She is from Ottawa and currently based in Amsterdam.

ca. 1700 Taft Stradivari violin

This fine violin is a characteristic example of the early part of Antonio Stradivari's “Golden Period”. It is traditionally said to have been in the possession of Albert Caressa, Paris, who passed it to Rudolf Wurlitzer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Around 1915, Mr. Wurlitzer sold the violin to Mrs. Charles Phelps Taft, one of the founders of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and wife of the Cincinnati philanthropist Charles P. Taft, brother of William Howard Taft, 37th President and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mrs. Taft presented the violin to Emil Heermann, the concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, for his use. Following the death of Mr. Taft, the violin was sold to the private collector and amateur violinist Ernest Ruder of Cincinnati in 1940, where it remained until 1987, at which point it was sold by Jacques Français to another owner.

  • Anonymous loan
  • Acquired: 2003
  • Value: $5.5 million