Since its existence, the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation has been helping over 50 young violinists in the early stages of their career, with the loan of a quality instrument and/or bow from its collection. These musicians are often winners of national and international competitions, are active soloists, chamber musicians, and members of some of the UK’s professional orchestras.
Words cannot express my gratitude to the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation for providing me an instrument since 2016. Without this generosity I could not be able to further my studies in Brussels and try to explore a musically more independent life in London.
The loan of the Baldantoni violin from Harrison Frank Foundation has truly enriched my career. This violin has a very distinctive mellow voice, and I am continuously discovering more and more beautiful colours in the sound as I develop my relationship with this instrument. The assistance of this loan is absolutely invaluable. While providing me with a wonderful instrument at the beginning stage of my young professional life, it gives me the time necessary to eventually settle on an instrument of my own. I am so very grateful!
I am incredibly grateful to the Harrison Frank Foundation for the loan of the Marchetti violin that I’ve been lucky enough to play on for over two years now. When I was in my final year at music college, the impending loss of the instrument I had on loan from the Royal Academy of Music was an ever-constant worry. The Harrison Frank Foundation bridged a hugely important time in my career, when I was starting out and needed a good instrument but was still acquiring the means to purchase my own. As proof of the confidence having an instrument of quality has given me; I was appointed to my job at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra whilst playing the HFF violin. I have hugely enjoyed playing it in many other contexts too, from quartet and other chamber music concerts, to earlier in 2017 performing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Sinfonia of Birmingham.