Instrument Lending Program

The Maestro Foundation lends high quality stringed instruments and bows to gifted young musicians during the most critical stage in their professional development. Most of these students attend the finest music schools and conservatories but are unable to afford the tools necessary to facilitate their performance careers. In addition, it is rarely possible to master the essential nuance and refined techniques on student instruments.

The Maestro Foundation lends over 80 violins, violas, cellos and bows, used in excess of 85,000 hours per year. This collection will sustain many generations of musicians. Maestro is committed to commissioning living makers whenever possible. New instruments rival and often exceed older instruments in sound and quality at a reduced cost. For more information: instrumentlending@maestrofoundation.org

Endowment

The Maestro Instrument Endowment Fund encourages patrons of classical music to directly nurture and support emerging young artists and their craft. Consider endowing an instrument or bow that allows a musician of modest means and prodigious talent to achieve their potential. Assist us in our goal of adding two new instruments to the Instrument Lending Library on an annual basis. Your legacy would last as long as the instrument – hundreds of years, generations of music.

DID YOU KNOW?

Without a professional quality instrument, a promising young musician is powerless to develop his or her individual voice.

Exorbitant prices make it impossible for most students to purchase instruments. A proper instrument can mean the difference between winning or losing a competition, an orchestra audition, or a chamber ensemble position.

The Maestro Foundation lends over 80 quality stringed instruments and bows to deserving young string players during the most critical stage in their development.

Instrument Financing Program

The Maestro Foundation offers financing and rental opportunities to encourage selected alumni of the Instrument Lending Program to purchase their own instruments. This program guides and supports young musicians as they transition into their careers.

Impact

Recipients of Maestro’s assistance have been counted among first-prize and laureate winners of international solo instrumental and chamber music competitions, Avery Fischer Career Grant recipients, and professional orchestra musicians and soloists on stages all over the world.

photo credit: Yang Bao

A violinist without a proper bow will never be able to fully communicate musical ideas to an audience, no matter how potent those ideas may be. The Maestro Foundation provided a beautiful bow made by Giovanni Lucchi that has served these needs. It possesses warmth, brightness, clarity, and a unique character. I have performed on this bow in concerts and major international competitions around the world. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Kenneth Renshaw, violin
B.M., The Juilliard School

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I have been playing this viola for seven years now. It is the instrument I played in my Juilliard audition as a high school senior. It has been under my chin at festivals and concerts in nearly a dozen countries. It has proved a constant companion in both success and setbacks, always elevating my hard work beyond what I was able to offer myself. It is no exaggeration to say that I love this instrument, as it has become an extension of my art and of my self. It is a chapter of my personal history…that comprises many of the best and proudest moments of my life…This viola has changed my trajectory as an artist and as an individual.”

Kellen McDaniel, viola
B.M., The Juilliard School
M.M., Royal Conservatory of The Hague

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I am extremely grateful to the Maestro Foundation for the loan of the Ravitan cello. This instrument and Maestro came to me at a crucial time of need. Without their support, I would not have been able to play on such a wonderful instrument and pursue a professional career as a cellist. I will always be grateful.”

Eric Han, cello
Seattle Symphony
B.M., Colburn School

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I am extremely grateful to perform on the Joachim & Yaeko Bolck Neapolitan viola and Beverly & Herbert D. Sturman Lucchi viola bow from the Maestro Foundation. I received the instrument just as the Ulysses Quartet began to achieve its potential. The power and richness available in this viola and bow has enabled me to perform at the highest level and continue growing as a musician.”

Colin Brookes
The Ulysses Quartet
B.M., The Juilliard School
M.M. and A.D., Yale School of Music
D.M.A. candidate, Stony Brook University

Many recipients attend the finest conservatories and music schools but are unable to afford the tools necessary to facilitate their growth. It is rarely possible to master essential nuance and refined techniques on student-grade instruments. Having access to tools of quality has enabled recipients to remain competitive with their peers since 2001.

All told, over 150 ILP recipients have attended over 40 institutions across the globe.

Azusa Pacific University | UC Berkeley | Boston University | CalArts | Carnegie Mellon | Chicago College of Performing Arts | Cleveland Institute of Music | Colburn | CSU-Fullerton | CSU-Long Beach | CSU-Northridge | Curtis Institute of Music | DePaul University | Eastman School of Music | Freiburg Musikhochschule | Glenn Gould School | Indiana University |The Juilliard School | Mannes School of Music | Manhattan School of Music | New England Conservatory | Northwestern University | New York University | Oregon University | Royal Academy of Music | Royal College of Music | Rice Shepherd School of Music | Royal Conservatory of The Hague | Rutgers University | San Francisco Conservatory of Music | Southern Methodist University | Stony Brook University | UC-Los Angeles | UC-Santa Barbara | University of Maryland | University of Michigan | USC Thornton School of Music | University of Texas at Austin | Yale School of Music |

Alumni of the Instrument Lending Program have gone on to join the ranks of over 35 professional orchestras and ensembles in eight countries, including:

  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Danish National Symphony
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Rochester Philharmonic
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Stravanger Symphony
  • Utah Symphony

Photo Credits:
Kenneth Renshaw: Yang Bao
Eric Han: Pete Checchia
Colin Brookes: Matthew Holler