violin achieved its present shape in the sixteenth century and
quickly gained popularity by the end of the century. However,
violin making flourished in particular between 1650 and 1750
in Cremona, in northern Italy, where Stradivari and other famous
luthiers crafted their instruments.
In the manner of
Tyrolean fir, spruce, Yugoslavian maple, steel
Overall length: 58.5 cm;
body: 35.2 x 20.4 cm;
ribs: 3.1 cm
Label: "Ivo Johannes Loerakker fecit Saint-Barthélemy, Québec
In the late eighteenth and
early nineteenth centuries, the violin underwent changes that
enhanced its power and brilliance, making it a leading instrument
in increasingly larger concert halls. The neck was elongated,
inserted in the topblock, and tilted. Moreover, the fingerboard was
elongated, the bridge heightened, and the tailpiece braced. Another
innovation was the chin rest. All these changes enabled more
vigorous striking and bowing, in addition to improving the resistance of
the strings to pressure from the bow. Despite these
modifications in the construction of the instrument, the violin's
body has remained unchanged.
This meticulously crafted violin is based on a Stradivari model.
The varnish is light amber, and the scroll, peg box and purfling
are outlined in black.
Ivo Loerakker outside his workshop in
Born in Haarlem, Holland, Ivo Loerakker is the son of a luthier and
was thus introduced to instrument making at a very early age; he
made his first violin when he was eleven. In 1974, after graduating
from the prestigious school of instrument making in Mittenwald,
Germany, Loerakker was invited to work with Claude Fougerolle in Montreal.
Three years later, he opened his own workshop, where he
repaired and made violins, violas and violoncellos. In 1982, he
moved his workshop to Saint-Barthélemy, where he has worked since.
Ivo Loerakker is a member of the American Federation of Violin and
Label and brand marking of Ivo Loerakker