Einstein’s violin could fetch $150K at auction

A violin owned by Albert Einstein will go under the hammer on Friday — and experts believe it could fetch up to $150,000.

“Made for the Worlds Greatest Scientist Professor,” reads the inside label.

The instrument, dubbed Lina, was constructed by Pennsylvania cabinet maker Oscar H. ­Stegerr in 1933, the year the German-born Einstein decided to remain in the United States after Hitler came to power. It is being sold by Bonhams Fine Art division in New York.

Einstein reportedly played the violin often and was known to crank out Mozart while working.

“Life without playing music is inconceivable for me,” he once said. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music . . . I get most joy in life out of music.”

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Introducing composer and violinist Stephen Mulhern – Romance

This is one of my pieces entitled ‘Romance’ that was played and recorded by the Jubilee Quartet at Lauderdale House in Highgate London in 2012. It was my contribution to an evening of music composed by members of the London Composers’ Forum.

Stephen Mulhern
Composer Stephen Mulhern

Stephen is an impressive live performer and successful recording artist in both film and music industries. He has worked directly with Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe on background music for street scenes and scene links for Guy Ritchie’s film ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and played at the film premier at 1 Mayfair.

He is the founder member of the original Punchbowl Band and has played at innumerable private functions at the Punchbowl in Mayfair(Guy Ritchie’s pub!) and at a host of other well known London venues e.g. Black’s Club (Soho) Bortch n’ Tears (Kensington) Lobster Pot (Kennington) BBC Studios (Friday Night is Music Night)and 55 Exhibition Road (Corporate Venue)

He has also played with various bands and band combinations at weddings and corporate functions in the UK, Southern Ireland, Norway(Oslo), France (Paris) Brittany (Rennes and Nantes)Portugal (Estoril)and Bulgaria.

Stemming from his orchestral experience mainly with the Northern Ireland Studio Symphony Orchestra( first violin) current projects include ensemble arrangement and musical direction of early music of the middle Baroque period, and the composition of original pieces for string quartet.One such piece entitled ‘Romance’ was performed and recently recorded by the Jubilee Quartet.

Stephen has also written a number of pieces with an original slant (although with conventional chord structures) for wind band comprising up to 40 instruments one of which has been performed by the Lewisham Concert Band.He is a long time member of PRS/MCPS and has over fifty of his original compositions registered with them.He continues to work on new compositions in a range of styles including Classical/Celtic/Gipsy/Latin and Trad jazz.

For more information about Stephen Mulhern and contact details, visit Linkedin.