Merry Christmas & National Violin Day


Celebrated annually on December 13, it is National Violin Day.  This holiday honors a bowed string instrument, which is also known as the fiddle, the violin. The violin, played by a violinist, is played by drawing a bow across one or more strings, by plucking the strings or by a variety of other techniques. Violinists play the violin in a wide variety of musical genres including: Baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll, country and soft rock.

“Violin” comes from the Medieval Latin word “vitula” which means stringed instrument.  The person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier.


  • It is supposed that the oldest documented four string violin, like the modern violins, was constructed by Andrea Amati in 1555.
  • The record dollar amount paid for a Stradivari violin, when the “Lady Blunt” was sold on an online auction on June 20, 2011 was $15.9 million. (P.S. this was NOT the one Cara played)
  • Violins made by Stradivari are one of the most sought after instruments by both collectors and musicians alike.

My greatest joy as a musician has been the opportunity and privilege of playing music with Cara.