Yesterday the President of the USA Donald Trump gave a viola to the new Emperor of Japan Naruhito, a viola player, who performed in orchestra many times.
The instrument was made by Ivan W. Allison of Charleston, West Virginia, in 1938. This is what the owner of the shop that sold the viola, Little Rock in Arkansas, wrote Slipper Disc:
On April 30th I heard a news story that Japan’s Emperor Akihito was stepping down and that his son, Naruhito, would be taking his place. 24 hours later I received a call from the U.S. State Department seeking an American made viola to give as a diplomatic gift. Shortly after this call, I began seeing news stories about Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito being a violist.
Nearly a month later, I can now say that last week I sold the Emperor’s new viola, an instrument made in 1938 by Ivan W. Allison of Charleston, West Virginia. The instrument was presented to Emperor Naruhito by President Donald Trump today.