String instruments such as the violin, viola and cello, are the only instrument types for which time adds value and improves the instrument’s sound quality. Today the string instruments built from the 17th to 19th centuries are considered most valuable – time has not harmed them at all. Currently 7000 string instruments from the given period have been preserved and seven instruments are located in Estonia.
"I am sincerely privileged to recognise and thank the founders of the Estonian Musical Instrument Foundation and encourage all music friends with social responsibility to support the foundation."
Minister of Culture
Invest in instruments!
EFMI offers the opportunity to invest in instruments with immense historical and musical value returning the investment on the agreed upon maturity date. The Foundation will provide the instrument to a carefully chosen Estonian musician while taking responsibility for the instrument’s conservation, maintenance and insurance.
"We are among the founders of the Foundation to establish a perfect example of cooperation between sectors. The Foundation has extensive monetary requirements which is a match with our main activities."
Director Swedbank Estonia
Donate your instrument to an Estonian musician!
EFMI permits placing your precious idle instrument into use by an Estonian musician. The Instrument Foundation will provide advice, evaluations and will coordinate transactions for obtaining valuable instruments.
The Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments presented the first valuable string instruments in Kadriorg Palace on 5 December 2016.
Marje Lohuaru, Board Member of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments, introduced the work of the foundation and the arrival of the instruments to the foundation. Toomas Velmet, Vice-Chairman of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments, provided an overview of the role of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments, the value of the historical instruments and their backgrounds. Minister of Culture Indrek Saar spoke about the meaning of the foundation within the Estonian culture space.
On 17 April 2017, a gratitude concert of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments was held in Kadriorg Palace.
The concert featured musicians who had been granted six musical instruments for rental by the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments. The 113-year old cello that had been granted to the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments was also presented to the foundation. This is their seventh musical instrument.
President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and Board Member of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments Marje Lohuaru gave speeches.
Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments augments its collection with another legendary violin.
On 14 November 2017 this precious and legendary 17th century violin was given to The Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments by the Sapožnin family. The violin had served the Estonian artist Vladimir “Boba” Sapožnin throughout his long career and on the ceremonial presentation of the instrument at the Brotherhood of Blackheads building, the violin was given over to an upcoming Estonian musician.
Speeches were given by The Minister of Culture, Indrek Saar; Board Member of the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments, Marje Lohuaru and Boba’s grandson, Vladimir Sapožnin
"The Foundation provides the future for our music. The Foundation is the future of our performers, orchestras and composers. Instruments obtained with the help of the Foundation enhance our cultural story.”
About the Instrument Foundation
There is a limited amount of valuable string instruments in the world and their value is increasing every day.
The Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments intends to obtain 2-4 rare instruments per year and they will be used by our young performers.
On December 7th 2015 at the initiative of the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture, Swedbank Ltd, Estonian National Culture Foundation and maestro Paavo Järvi founded the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments.
Estonian National Culture Foundation
Estonian National Culture Foundation
Republic of Estonia, Ministry of Culture
"Investing in the instrument foundation is a socially responsible investment that promotes Estonian culture and musical life as well as provides support to outstanding young musicians. I am very honoured to be a participant in establishing the foundation and making my contribution to it."