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SUBJECT: Music school's Pilat violin to be officially unveiled
DATE: May 3, 2004

Fourth-year violin student Chris Anstey is the first to avail of Memorial's music school's newly acquired instrument, the 1919 Pilat violin.

Valued at $25,000, the violin is the work of Ernst Paul Pilat, a great violin maker of the Budapest school who became one of the most sought-after luthiers of the 20th-century after his move to New York in the 1930s. The violin is one of his very early works, made while he was still working in his father's shop in Budapest.

Dr. David Peters, who funded the purchase of the violin, says he is very honoured to be able to support talented young musicians in this way, and credits the director of Memorial's School of Music, Dr. Tom Gordon, with leading the way in the venture. A dentist by profession, Dr. Peters is a great lover of music and has been involved with Memorial's School of Music in numerous ways since its inception. He was especially proud to see the young and talented Mr. Anstey be the first to benefit from the instrument.

"The return on investment in purchasing an instrument like this is sometimes better than endowing a scholarship," explained Dr. Gordon. "For example, the only thing holding a student like Chris back is the quality of his instrument." Mr. Anstey, who has been playing the violin for over 20 years, added that being able to practice and perform on a superior instrument is an exciting challenge. "It so much better than what I've been using, it will help me to develop more steadily."

Mr. Anstey used the $25,000 instrument during his graduate performance recital on April 12. The official unveiling of the 1919 Pilat violin will take place at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 8, in the D.F. Cook Recital Hall at Memorial's School of Music. Media are encouraged to attend.

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