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date: 22 November 2019

Batov, Ivan Andreevich locked

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(b Moscow province, 1767; d St Petersburg, 18/June 30, 1841). Russian violin maker. He was sometimes called the ‘Russian Stradivari’. He is said to have studied keyboard instrument making in St Petersrom 1803 to 1805. He was a serf of Count N.P. Sheremetev, in whose residence he maintained a workshop for making and restoring bowed and plucked instruments. Batov cared for the violin collection of Alexander I and presented the czar with a violin he made in 1814; Alexander is said also to have paid 2000 rubles for a violin of Batov’s. Count Sheremetev granted freedom to Batov and his family in 1822 as a reward for an outstanding cello Batov had made. In 1829 he received a silver medal for a violin and cello he exhibited in St Petersburg as part of the first public exhibition of products manufactured in Russia. The first Russian luthier to achieve recognition across Europe, Batov made instruments known for their delicate and unique timbre. His designs were indebted to Stradivari, but his technique was more aligned with the French masters. Batov made instruments for prominent concert artists including the German cellist Bernhard Romberg. A festival of Russian instrument makers is named for Batov. (I. Yampolsky: ...

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