Violins of Hope Nashville

The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during The Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The Nashville Symphony is bringing the Violins of Hope to Nashville to facilitate a citywide dialogue about music, art, social justice and free expression.

Violins of Hope arrive in Nashville – Musician selection

Follow the journey of the Violins of Hope as Musicians of the Nashville Symphony go through the selection process. During selection, the musicians have the opportunity to read the story and history of each violin along with getting a feel for the instrument.

Tennessee Crossroads Feature

Nashville Public Television Program Manager Jessica Turk explores the community-wide collaboration sparked by Violins of Hope Nashville.

Kristi Seehafer on music and hope

Kristi Seehafer, first violin, gives her thoughts on why the Violins of Hope project is important to her and how it helps fulfill her mission as a musician.

Feivel Wininger violin

The Feivel Wininger Violin – Made by the Placht Brothers workshop in Schönbach, Germany, c. 1880

Before the Holocaust, Feivel Wininger lived in Romania with his elderly parents, wife and baby daughter Helen. In October 1941, he and thousands of other Jews were deported by train to the swampland of Transnistria and further into Ukraine. After settling in the Ukrainian ghetto of Shargorod, Wininger found a way to survive. A famous judge who also happened to an amateur violinist recognized him as the gifted child-violinist that he had been years ago. The judge gave him his violin, an Italian Amati model. Now there was music — and hope.

Violins of Hope – A Powerful Symbol

Israeli violin maker Avshi Weinstein shares the story of one of the most shocking instruments in the Violins of Hope — a violin that was secretly inscribed with a hateful message. Today, it stands as a symbol of why the story of these instruments must continue to be told some 75 years after the Holocaust.

Composer Jonathan Leshnoff discusses his Violins of Hope commission

Live chat with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and composer Jonathan Leshnoff ahead of this weekend’s concerts featuring the Violins of Hope. Video taken from our Facebook Live chat discussing Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos” and the Violins of Hope.

Restoring hope by repairing violins of the Holocaust

At a music shop in Israel, a violinmaker has been collecting stringed instruments once owned by inmates of Nazi concentration camps. Largely silent for seven decades, they now speak for horrors of the Holocaust as part of a project called “The Violins of Hope.” Special correspondent David C. Barnett from WVIZ/PBS ideastream reports from Cleveland on a series of concerts and exhibits they inspired.