Second-generation violion builder Amnon Weinstein inspects an instrument.
(photo credit: ZIV SHENHAV)
Classical music evokes all kinds of emotions from different people. But for Amnon Weinstein, it is about more than the sounds the player elicits from the instrument, however skilled or gifted he or she may be. It is very much about the instrument itself – and the instrument’s dark history.The youthful-looking 76-year-old Weinstein is a master instrument builder. His Tel Aviv workshop accommodates scores of violins, with some cellos, clarinets and even the odd double bass dotted around the place, too. Having studied violin in France and Italy several decades ago, he is deeply immersed in the mysteries and joys of music making. However, for many years now his main avenue of endeavor has been the resuscitation of damaged instruments – most importantly, the restoration of violins that were played during the Holocaust.