Itzhak Perlman on Violins of Hope: "Violins are a replica of the soul"

The violinist Itzhak Perlman talked about Violins of Hope, the collection of violins from the Holocaust curated by the Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein, in a recent interview. Amnon Weinstein will be at Cremona Musica this September (27-29/9), to be awarded for his project Violins of Hope. In this occasion some of the violins of the collection will be exhibited at Cremona Musica and played by the Turkish violinist Cihat Askin. "On a visit to Tel Aviv, I visited the shop where Amnon Weinstein showed me one violin that had been defaced with a swastika by a German repairman in the 1930s -said Perlman-. Something so ugly, however, could not prevent the violin from creating such beauty. I believe that the violin is a replica of the soul, and these violins more than most are powerful examples of perseverance. They once represented survival for their owners, and they symbolize the same to us today."