The Yu Art Foundation, as one of the most authoritative organisations that collect top-class violins and bows in contemporary Asia, aims to collect superior violins and bows with precious historical and cultural value and superb craftsmanship, inheriting and preserving the valuable artworks of the violin family and boosting the cross-cultural exchanges of violin culture between east and west. The collection of the foundation contains instruments made by best-known luthiers, such as Stradivari, Guadagnini, Gagliano, Rogeri, Pressenda, Landolfi, Poggi, etc., and the top-tier bow collection includes eight François Xavier Tourte bows.
As a charitarian
The violin collection at the Yu Art Foundation is not meant for any investing or trading purposes, but for the sponsoring of the violin performers, especially those young violinists going to participate in the Chinese and international competitions. Through the philanthropic sponsorship, the foundation is devoted to the support of the musicians’ performing careers as well as the development of Chinese classical music cause. Till now, dozens of the most eminent musicians in and outside China have been granted loans of instrument from the foundation, and many of the sponsored young violinists have gained the top prizes in the significant competitions worldwide.
As a connoisseur
The collection of the top violins and bows of the Yu Art Foundation is based on the authenticity, craftsmanship, condition and tonal quality. The collected instruments have gone through appraisal opinions of the world’s leading violin experts and their tonal qualities have been tested by the top musicians as well. The Yu Art Foundation also has an elegant chamber music hall, creating a close-up environment for the appreciation of superior instruments and chamber music. The foundation has developed itself into an international platform for the cultural exchanges of violin and art, providing opportunities for musicians, luthiers and collectors worldwide to study the historical instruments and enjoy the classical music.