Violin by Joseph Rocca, Turin 1846


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 The Allemanda from Sonata No.4  by Eugène Ysaÿe performed on the Rocca by Paul Arnold of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Giuseppe Antonio (Joseph) Rocca (1807-1865) worked in both Turin and Genoa. His early career flourished while an apprentice with Giovanni Francesco Pressenda from 1834-38.  Rocca was especially fascinated by the fine works of Stradivarius, Guarnerius and Maggini, and took great inspiration from them.

In its model, beautiful wood selection, and exacting workmanship, this instrument is an exquisite tribute to one of Rocca’s favorite violins, the 1716 Messiah Stradivarius. Suitable for a soloist, this violin has enjoyed a long career of orchestral use, including the Israel Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. It produces sound readily, with depth, clarity, and color.  It is articulate, powerful, and capable of great nuance.