Stainer Quartett

The Musikkollegium Winterthur came into possession of a truly unique quartet of string instruments made by Jacobus Stainer (ca. 1617–1683) through a generous gift from Gustave Huguenin, Corseaux-Vevey (Switzerland). The instruments are a cello from the year 1673, a viola from the year 1660 and two violins from the year 1659.

After slumbering for years in the Musikkollegium’s showcases, the instruments were carefully restored to their original condition by master violin maker Aline M. Oberle and now can be used to perform music from the epoch when they were built.

The Musikkollegium Winterthur has made it a goal to let these wonderful historical examples of German instrument handwork sing once again.Professional musicians now have the possibility of playing these instruments, singly or as a quartet, for a fixed period of time. The instruments can be examined by appointment. This website will also serve as an archive and will be expanded in order to make it possible for professionals to have access to related literature, illustrations and technical information.

Violin No1

Violin no. 1 from the Stainer quartet was built in the year 1659. It has an original label with the inscription «Jacobus Stainer in Absam / propè Oenipontum 1659» [Jacobus Stainer in Absam near Oenipontum 1659].

Violin No2

Violin no. 2 from the Stainer quartet was built in 1659. It has an original label with the inscription «Jacobus Stainer in Absam / propè Oenipontum 1659». [Jacobus Stainer in Absam near Oenipontum 1659].

Viola

The viola from the Stainer quartet was built in 1660. The length of the body is 40.35 cm. It has an original label with the inscription «Jacobus Stainer in Absam / propè Oenipontum 1660» [Jacobus Stainer in Absam near Oenipontum 1660].

Cello

Certain doubts have been expressed as to whether Stainer even built conventional cellos. The cello from the Stainer quartet built in 1673 put an end to all such speculations.
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