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Film Screening – Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari – CANCELLED

16 January 2022 - 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm



“a virtuoso pulls the heartstrings” – The Times on the film

“There’s such intelligence and connoisseurship in this documentary… impossible not to be overwhelmed by Jansen’s mastery” – The Guardian on the film

November 2020: In this award-winning documentary, the audiences follow Janine Jansen fly-on-the wall from initial research and rehearsals in Stockholm, to a hectic month in London where, accompanied on the piano by Sir Antonio Pappano, the legendary Director of the Royal Opera House, she faces the challenge of recording, in a very short time, 12 Stradivari violins for one single album.

Steven Smith, Managing Director of J & A Beare and the mastermind behind the recording project, brought together 12 of the finest Stradivari violins from around the world with the aim of capturing the diversity of sounds that these instruments can still produce today. Some of these violins have not been played for 200 years while others belonged to the greatest virtuosos ever, including Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Ida Haendel and Oscar Shumsky.

This is a nerve-wracking, intense, and hugely exciting film, where, up close and personal, we see not only what makes these the most unique stringed instruments in the world, but also the enormous humour, spark and energy that drives two of the world’s leading musicians at the top of their creative game.

Directed by Gerald Fox
Produced by Justine Waddell
Co-producers Gerald Fox and Anna Saldadze
Executive Producer Jack Oliver
Editor Una Burnand
Director of Photography Douglas Hartington


Part 1: Documentary (80 minutes)
Part 2: Concert Film (60 minutes)

Part of the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 2022


16 January 2022
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Category:


Premiere Performances Hong Kong

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