For the occasion of the Inaugural Mozarteum Hellas Reception, held together with the 2019 Hermes AGM & Leaders Forum welcome reception, in Ekali Club on 2nd May, Mrs Gabriele Ramsauer, Director Museums, Mozarteum presented exclusively to Mozarteum Hellas members the Costa Violin who had the opportunity to have a close look.
Mrs Evgenia Votanopoulou, President of Mozarteum Hellas, welcomed the participants and presented the goals and plans of Mozarteum Hellas, to raise awareness about Mozart music and to advance classical music among others. At the end of her address, she presented two plaques to Dr Tobias Debuch, General Manager of Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation and Mrs Gabriele Ramsauer, Director Museums, Mozarteum to honour and thank them for their contribution to classical music.
Mozart’s Costa violin is named for its builder, Pietro Antonio dalla Costa and, according to an original label on the inside, was made in Treviso in 1764. Dalla Costa modelled his violins on those of Amati, and they are highly prized as concert instruments nowadays on account of their warm and powerful tone. Mozart probably acquired and played this violin in Vienna.
Following several changes of ownership, it was acquired by Dr Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller in 2013 with the intention of donating it to the Mozarteum Foundation.
Mozart’s Costa violin has only traveled to eight countries and for the first time came in Greece.