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Aired nationally on April 23, 2016, Jim Axelrod interviews Robert Brewer Young about his story and shows him at work, repairing and gifting instruments. This piece features some of the programs and individuals supported by The Open String.
The Open String was founded in 2014 by master violinmaker Robert Brewer Young, along with Lucien Jamey, and Elfin Vogel, as a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization for supporting musical talent and education. Its primary activity is the String Drive program, under which it collects and distributes string instruments and related supplies to the frontline of the music education movement.
Twenty-five years after a Christophe Coin recording and the perfection of a loaned cello stunned his heart and filled his imagination with awe, master luthier Robert Brewer Young returns the favors bestowed upon him.
The Open String Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide schools and musicians with access to quality string instruments. Their Dec. 8 concert is the first in what they hope will become a looked forward to annual event. This year’s concert features the avant-garde cellist and one-woman orchestra Zoë Keating,... Read More
The Open String, a nonprofit organization providing schools and musicians with access to quality string instruments, hosts its first annual Grant Concert on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:00 pm featuring performances by avant-garde cellist and "one-woman orchestra" Zoe Keating; Swiss violin soloist, conductor and composer Gilles Colliard; and San Francisco Symphony cellist Amos Yang, among other distinguished musicians. One hundred percent of the concert's proceeds will be used to supply Bay Area youth education programs with musical instruments.
I’ve joined forces with an SF based non-profit called Open String, which gets quality musical instruments into the hands of young students.
If you were ever a music student or have your own musically-inclined kids, you know that a huge barrier is the cost of obtaining a quality instrument.
This is a project very close to my heart. I myself benefited from a nice cello made available at very low cost from my teacher David Gibson. I hear all the time about students to want to learn the cello or the violin, but... Read More
Few things can tempt donors to open their wallets like a special mascot for a special cause. And for music lovers and potential donors, house concerts given on a specially made quartet is like giving an animal lover a panda cub to cuddle. Donors to the newly launched nonprofit the Open String Foundation will have a chance to hear top musicians from local symphonies perform house concerts on a quartet made by violin maker Robert Brewer Young. Young plans to travel with the Guadagnini Quartet (actually a quintet since he made an extra violin) of instruments he made specially to be used in fundraisers around the country.
“I made this quartet as a way to launch the Open String and to have concerts with the quartet as the centerpiece,” said the American-born violin maker who now lives and works in a village of seven in the French Pyrenees, an hour south of Toulouse...Read More