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An Evening with Stradivarius

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing and Yale Club of Beijing.

Time and Location

Wednesday, 08/23/2017
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00-8:00 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Purchase in advance: RMB 20 for students; RMB 80 for others.
Purchase at the door: RMB 100.
Click HERE to register.
Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

We invite you to come hear, see and learn about rare violins. Throughout history, rare violins from renowned makers have not declined in value, and have reliable valuation records that in some cases go back hundreds of years. They are works of art on par with paintings by Picasso and Van Gogh, both in market and artistic value - one of the most expensive recorded sales in recent years was a 273-year-old violin by the Cremonese master Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesu’, known as the “ex-Vieuxtemps,” which sold in excess of 16 Million USD. While significant financial acquisitions, these instruments are also tools that are cherished by artists around the globe for their unique sound, and are regularly heard in the world’s great concert halls.

We will discuss the history of rare and antique string instruments, how to appreciate them as works of art, as tools, and also as reliable financial investments, and much more in this event. There will also be time to enjoy the exquisite sound quality of these fine instruments.


The language of the event will be English.

The Speaker

Colin Maki

Colin Maki is an expert in the field of rare instruments with almost 15 years of experience. Prior to operating an independent consultancy based in New York City, he served as Sales Manager for the firm of Carl Becker and Son in Chicago and as Senior Specialist for Tarisio Auctions. Colin will also bring several fine examples of rare and valuable instruments to display, including an instrument by Antonio Stradivari.

The Host

Shawn Moore, (Yale School of Music 13’)
Violinist, Musician in Residence for the Yale Club of Beijing

Shawn Moore is an American violinist, currently teaching and performing in China, the US and other locations throughout the world. He is the Musician in Residence at The Affiliated High School of Peking University, a visiting professor at the Nanjing School of the Arts, and Musician in Residence for the Yale Club of Beijing. While pursuing his career as a musician, Shawn also concurrently works for Bard College, covering East/Central Asia as an admissions officer and representative for institutional relations. He has been based in Beijing since the fall of 2014. Shawn is passionate about languages and communication in general – be it musical, linguistic or otherwise. He is a graduate of Bard College and Yale University.

The Performer

Yuhe Li
Violinist, Violin Teacher of Conservatory of China

Yuhe Li is recognized as one of the youngest Chinese musicians on the international stage today, praised as "an truly brilliant Artist" by the Global Times, performing internationally in Europe, Asia and North America. Since 2017, Yuhe Li has been a violin teacher at Conservatory of China. Now she plays a Gennaro Gagliano in year of 1760 and a bow from James Tubbs of year 1890.

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