The Red Violin

The Red Violin

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  • Fran├žois Girard


  • Carlo Cecchi
  • Jean-Luc Bideau
  • Christoph Koncz

An epic adventure of mystery and obsession unfolds when an appraiser of rare musical instruments discovers a one-of-a-kind, red violin at a prestigious Montreal auction house.

The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the years between, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it.

Past Programs


Making Music: Violin Artistry and Technology

Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI