Benedict Cumberbatch As Sherlock Holmes On The Fiddle

For BBC’s series, Sherlock, actor Benedict Cumberbatch needed to learn to play the violin to properly portray his character, Sherlock Holmes. To do so, violinist Eos Chater was hired to be his coach. Through her time with Cumberbatch, Chater was proud to be a small part of the show and had many great experiences on set.

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Upcoming events – Dec. 2012

Dec. 9th & 16th – ASYO – Kids Christmas Concert – Click here for more info

Dec. 13th & 15th – ASO – Handel’s Messiah – Click here for more info

Jan. 12th – Atlanta Irish Music School – Scottish Musical Tribute – Click here for more info

Feb. 16th – Tallahassee Bach Parley – Auditions – Click here for more info


Click here to let us know about your upcoming events for 2013.



Doug Cox Viola 2009 – Matteo Gofriller

Doug Cox Viola #644 – 2009 – Matteo Gofriller.

I believe that a maker’s personality can be heard in the instruments they create.  Although I’ve never spent time with Douglas Cox, I would like to.  I know this from playing this particular viola, made by Doug in 2009.  It’s sound is warm, inviting, and refined, but not the snooty kind of refined that knows where the salad fork goes.  This viola has a smooth, round sound that has no crunch or abrasiveness to it.  Some instruments sound like there are many parts working together.  This viola sounds like it is carved from one solid piece of wood that only resonates the tone you intend.  It’s almost as if it knows what tone you want, and it plays it for you.  It’s an open “ahhh” sound as opposed to a nasal “eee” sound.  Even if you’re not a violist, come play this instrument, I assure you that you won’t want to stop.

Physical Description:

The viola bears the facsimile label “Matteo Gofriller / Vendig 1716”, and on the opposite side the label of its maker, “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2009 #644”.  It is branded and initialed on the inside.  It is styled after the work of Matteo Gofriller.  It is made of well aged North American grown wood.  The back is cut on the slab from one piece of New England maple.  The ribs are of maple similar to the back.  The neck is cut on the quarter of similar maple.  The table is of two pieces of Engelmann spruce of regular medium-narrow growth.  The varnish is of a medium brown color and is shaded and imitated.  The fittings are of boxwood with white trim.  It is priced at $22,000.



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Violin: antiqued brownish-red with rosewood fittings – $3800

This deep brownish-red violin has been beautifully antiqued and possesses a warm glow.  It’s one piece maple back  is flamed with a moderate, narrow figure and a grain that spreads evenly across the back.  It’s rosewood fittings are of the highest caliber and it’s set-up has received the utmost attention.  This instrument has a very clean, round sound; not too bright and not too dark.  It’s ring is very subtle and the overtones are equally subtle.  It’s straight to the point without being the least bit abrasive.  Priced at $3800, it has as much or more personality than any instrument in it’s price range.  It’s visually intriguing, a pleasure to play and produces a consistant and reliable tone that you’ll want to hear again and again.

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Violin – Berlin c. 1895 – $6500

This instrument is typical of the violins emanating from Berlin at end of the 19th century. They were often antiqued. Although this particular fiddle is over one hundred years old, it is still in excellent condition. Ironically, it would have looked virtually this old the day it was made. This violin was acquired from the estate of a deceased German conductor living in Roswell, Georgia. It was purchased along with a French bow from the same period. It is valued at $6500 based on what we know; it was built in Berlin c.1895 and held in the possession of knowledgable music professionals.

Many players and collectors prize the instruments made in Berlin during this period. They often have a unique personality as compared to instruments emanating from the Markneukirchen or Mittenwald makers, two other major centers of German making at the turn of the century. The tone is warm and balanced with an even production of overtones on the low and high end that do a great job of supporting the primary frequency. While it has a strong projection, it lacks the scratch or crunch common to instruments built to project at high levels.

It is built in the style of a Stradivarius. The varnish is a deep orange brown and speaks to the antiquity and the time period of which it was made. The materials are of exceptional quality. The one-piece back is beautifully flamed with matching ribs. The top is made from an alluring piece of spruce with very even growth. The ebony fittings are of the highest quality and are comfortable to the touch, giving this instrument a comfortable feel the moment you rest your chin.

This violin is a joy to view, hear and play. We invite you to visit our shop and experience this delightful gem.

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Large View of Front

Large View of Back

Large View of Side


Upcoming events

There are a lot of really great opportunities for enrichment and involvement.  Here are a couple of upcoming events worth supporting.


Katherine Irwin Thomas hosts Celtic Fiddling Series at Beau Vinci Violins

Katherine Irwin Thomas, Celtic Fiddler and Director of “The Atlanta Irish Music School“, will be hosting a four part series.  Each event is a lecture, demonstration and workshop.  Please bring your violin or just your interest in Celtic culture!

  • Saturday, December 1st, 2:00 p.m., “Rich Traditions of a Celtic Christmas” A festive exploration of the music of Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany.
  • Saturday, January 12th, 2:00 p.m., “A Scottish Musical Tribute” Regional fiddle styles of Scotland featuring the poetry of Robert Burns.
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 2:00 p.m., “Kick UpYour Heels with the Irish Jig” A celebration of music and culture surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.

All workshops will take place at Beau Vinci Violins in historic Alpharetta, GA.

Please contact us to reserve your ticket, or purchase directly at:

Celtic Fiddling Series at Beau Vinci Violins

Grand opening was a grand success!

Over 60 people attended our grand opening/open house!

The day featured an unbelievable performance by Eugene Ahn, followed by an inspiring master class and lecture with Dr. Michael Heald.  After refreshments, we heard a performance from Emily’s studio and sampled some exquisite instruments from Reginald Williams collection. Thanks you to DDK portraits for the fine photography and thank you Metro-Atlanta for such a heart warming welcome.

House warming party anyone?

We’re all moved in and we love this house! It’s was built in 1930 by Alpharetta’s first family physician. That family still owns the building and is proud that it has become Metro Atlanta’s premier violin shop.

We are fortunate to share this space with Alpharetta’s DDK Portraits.  Kirsten Kowalski, DDK’s owner, is the brilliant eye behind the lens.  Check out some of her work at:

We’ve decided to celebrate our July 10th opening with a joint open house on August 18th, 2012 from 10am – 3pm.  We will be showcasing our work/collection and much more.

- Dr. Michael Heald, professor of violin at University of Georgia, will be giving a master class at 11 am.

- There will be student performances throughout the day.

- DDK portraits will be offering discount coupons and raffling off two holiday family portrait sessions for 2012.

- Beau Vinci will be be raffling gift certificates and other door prizes as well.

In addition to all of this, downtown Alpharetta is a great place to spend a Saturday morning.  There is a weekly farmers market.  Click here for more details.  There are also a number of great shops and restaurants.  Click here to read more about what’s going on in Alpharetta.

We want to meet you and hear your thoughts.  Stop by, say hello, have some refreshments, attend a masterclass, view some great photography and try out some of the finnest fiddles in the southeast.  We look forward to seeing you!

Beau Vinci gears up for grand opening!

Get ready Metro-ATL! Beau Vinci Violins is gearing up for our grand opening some time in early August. We are currently accepting appointments if you would like to schedule a consultation.

Recent developments include finalizing our location, launching our website, and much much more. Stay tuned!