The Renaissance Man

A documentary on one of the world's finest luthiers Florian Leonhard

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Florian Leonhard — Founder and Director of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins

Leonidas Kavakos — Violinist

Maxim Vengerov — Violinist

Moné Hattori — Violinist

Sheku Kanneh-Mason — Cellist

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For almost 300 years, violin-makers and experts have sought to uncover the secrets of Stradivarius. Why is it that these instruments are deemed to be impossible to replicate? Why is it seemingly impossible to crack the code?

World-renowned violin-maker and restorer Florian Leonhard has dedicated a lifetime to studying the craft of the legendary luthiers of 18th Century Italy. Now, his True Copy instruments are recognized by the leading violinists of today as exceptional true-to-life recreations of those made by the Old Italian Masters—not only in appearance, but also in successfully capturing the sound, colors, and feel of the original instrument.

Wright Music Management & Media’s documentary explores the fascinating journey of Florian Leonhard – from his early training at the famous Mittenwald School of Violin-Making to his time as Head of Restoration at W.E. Hill & Sons aged just 22, to the growth and development of his own company, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Featuring guest appearances from Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Moné Hattori.

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