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Gliga Violins Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence



Celebrating 20 years of musical mastery, Gliga Violins produces more than just beautifully artistic stringed instruments; they inspire musicians to play better and create joy for those fortunate to listen.

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Gliga's 20th Anniversary

A young girl eyes the line of violins that hang across the wall, her vision transfixed by the gleam that shimmers off of the highly polished wood. Her breath is momentarily taken away by the color of fire, so deeply embedded within the grain of each instrument; it enraptures her with dreams of her solitary figure standing at center stage, a spotlight illuminating her gentle face as she takes her bow and with delicate force, glides it across the strings. As the hairs of the bow strike the strings, notes of perfect tone and timbre resonate throughout the auditorium, filling the audience with a sense of wonder and joy.

 

The young girl smiles to herself, turns to her parents and points: “That one!”

Her parents acknowledge her choice, satisfied that her selection is one of excellent quality and that it has already inspired her to greatness. The price is right, too.

The sounds of music are never far from the ears of one of the world’s premiere craftsmen in the ancient art of stringed instrument production. It is within the head and hands of the maestro himself, Vasile Gliga, that real magic happens each day. His workshop in Romania, under his strict and keen guide, produces thousands of some of the finest violins, violas and cellos the music world has seen. Each one carefully made to create such a richness in tone, is seems the instruments emit flavors of multi-dimensional symphonic tastiness a 5 star gourmet chef would be envious.

From the Transylvanian forests in the Gurghiului Valley, also known as “the Italian Valley,” comes a very prized wood of resonance spruce and flamed maple (sometimes known as curly sycamore), that possesses rare acoustic properties that have been proven over time to be the premier choice for the instruments’ tops and backs. This is essential because as the vibrations of the strings course through the sound holes they strike the violin’s back and bounce forward again. The wood must have a certain type of fiber in order to produce the right kind of tone, vibrato and pitch which is sent outward through the top openings and into the ears of the listener.

For 20 years Vasile Gliga has created his masterpieces with the maples and spruces of the Italian Valley. He has lived in this wooded region and has gazed upon their beauty so often that he is able to view a felled log and visualize how many instruments he will be able to produce from it. But materials are but one half of the equation for the creation of the perfect stringed instrument.

Celebrating 20 years of musical mastery, Gliga Violins produces more than just beautifully artistic stringed instruments; they inspire musicians to play better and create joy for those fortunate to listen. From the earliest birth of his first violin in home in post-communist Romania, Mr. Gliga has been on the forefront of innovation while maintaining the tradition of the masters in both technique and materials.

Skilled in the traditional manufacturing of violins, cellos and violas, Vasile Gliga keeps one foot in the old world with his mastery of ancient wood crafting techniques but has incorporated modern applications in a seamless process so as to preserve their classical structure and harmonic resonance. Gliga produces instruments in the Guarneri and Stradivarius styles to accommodate varying musical styles. The Gliga line of contemporary violins has a full line of stringed instruments – cellos, violas and violins – for the beginner, student, professional and maestro levels. Each violin, viola and cello are crafted for exquisite tone and richness and infused with the passion Mr. Gliga has felt since the days of his very first creation. Every musician who has held one of Vasile’s creations instinctively understands the Gliga violins are made to produce music from the heart.

As the Gliga family celebrates 20 years of producing some of the finest stringed instruments created, the words of world famous violinist Yehundi Menudin are a testament to Vasile’s skill and dedication to his craft. In his personal letter to Gliga, one that holds a place of honor at their headquarters in Reghin, the virtuoso expressed his feelings for the experience of owning and playing a Gliga violin.
? “Dear and very fine craftsman … I shall treasure the instrument you made …”

Whether your tastes and talent favor the Stradvari designs that captivates the listener with a mellow warm sound full of resonating tones and soaring pitches perfect for the classical compositions or a more earthy sound generated from the Guarneri styles that lends itself perfectly to country and folk music, Gliga creates violins that are a real treasure.

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