Player Spotlight ~ Alistair Leon Kok ~ Baroque Violin

Opus 118, A&H Amati Baroque Violin, 1988

Alistair Kok

"I was initially attracted by the graceful, petite proportions, elegantly placed f holes and deep archings characteristic of its Amati design. The wood choice is absolutely striking. With a deeply flamed one-piece back and beautiful, multi-layered varnish that brings out the numerous facets of the close grain, this violin is as beautiful to behold as it is to hear. The tone is rich and complex with a warmth and sweetness I would expect from a fine antique Italian instrument. The response is quick and easy, making this violin a pure joy to play. Mr. Cox's workmanship is first-rate and I am so impressed by the meticulous attention to detail he took during the creation of this magnificent instrument."

Alistair is a graduate of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He currently resides in Blacksburg, Virginia and freelances in the area with the Roanoke Symphony and also in the greater Boston area with Symphony by the Sea.

In Virginia he collaborates with harpsichordist, Judy Bevans, and performs on a Baroque Violin made by Douglas Cox in 1988, #118. The instrument was formerly owned by violinist, Robert Koff, and was modeled after an Amati belonging to Blanche Moyse.

A recent concert program:

Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts presents

An Evening of Baroque Music
8 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Performance Hall in the Covington Center

Photo © Teresa Tam
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