“After playing on loaned violins for many years – first a beloved Vuillaume, and then a fine Rogeri – I came to Christopher Germain in need of a permanent instrument going forward. I described my ideal violin to him, unsure if such an instrument was even possible, and was astounded when mere months later I held it in my hands. His violin has all the best characteristics of my previous instruments, without their limitations, and an ineffable, distinctive tonal quality which has opened up an entirely new world of interpretative possibilities. Mr. Germain is truly a craftsman of the highest order.”
Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Amy Oshiro-Morales recently purchased this King Joseph Guarneri Del Gesu copy violin made by Christopher Germain. Amy joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in January 2008; she was previously assistant concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony. She also previously held the associate concertmaster chair of the Colorado Symphony and was assistant concertmaster of the Grant Park (IL) Orchestra. She has also performed as a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Oshiro-Morales is married to Ricardo Morales, principle clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Staff Sergeant Christopher Franke
Violinist Staff Sergeant Christopher Franke of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra, selected this Stradivari copy for concert use. SSgt Franke attended the Cleveland Institute of music as well as the Carnegie Mellon University and has studied with Cyrus Forough, David Updegraff, and Lisa-Beth Lambert. SSgt Franke is currently the third generation of his family to serve and play in the Marine Corps Band