A spectacular musical instrument collection assembled by Sau-Wing Lam (1923-1988) will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning December 18. This is the first time that works from the renowned Lam Collection will be on public display in the United States. The instruments on view-nine violins and one viola-will include such masterpieces as the Baltic violin by Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù" (1698-1744), and the Scotland University and Bavarian violins by Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737). The opening date of The Sau-Wing Lam Collection of Rare Italian Stringed Instruments coincides with the 275th anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari.
The exhibition is made possible by The Amati, Friends of the Department of Musical Instruments.
In conjunction with the installation, four concerts will be presented in the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The first of these programs will feature two guest violinists, Daniel Hope & Karen Gomyo, with The Salomé Chamber Orchestra in an all-Bach program on December 22. Hope will perform on the Baltic Guarneri "del
Gesù" of 1731 from the Lam collection. Additional events featuring the collection will be held on February 2, April 12 (featuring Philippe Quint), and May 4.
These concerts are generously supported by the Brodsky Family Foundation.