The Amati Exhibition
20th and 21st October

The exhibition showcases a selection of exceptional antique and contemporary instruments and bows for sale.

The Amati Exhibition is an invaluable networking event for the stringed instrument community that is not to be missed. Twenty exhibitors from the UK, US, Europe and Japan display a selection of exceptional antique and contemporary instruments and bows which visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to try. If you are looking to purchase an instrument or bow, this is a unique opportunity to meet many of the world’s leading dealerships and contemporary makers, all within the beautiful surroundings of the Langham’s Grand Ballroom.

This year the exhibition is taking place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October. As with previous years our drinks reception will be on Friday 20th, 4pm to 6pm. If you would like to come please register your attendance using the form below. A highlight of the reception will be a performance by Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The exhibition closes on Saturday night with a much anticipated performance by Sheku Kanneh-Mason who will be accompanied on piano by Isata his sister. Sheku plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello circa 1610.

Venue

The Langham
1C Portland Place
Regent Street
London
W1B 1JA

To contact the event organiser, Charlott please call +44 (0)20 7099 7114 or email charlott@amati.com

Opening Times

Friday 20th October
10am - Exhibition Opens
4pm to 6pm - Drinks Reception
7pm - Exhibition Closes

Saturday 21st October
10am - Exhibition Opens
6pm - Exhibition Closes
7.30pm - Performance by Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

In May 2016, at the age of 17, Sheku won the BBC Young Musician competition, performing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Hall. A pupil at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham, Sheku began learning the cello aged six with Sarah Huson-Whyte. He currently studies cello with Ben Davies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the ABRSM Junior Scholarship.

At the age of nine, Sheku won the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize for the highest marks in the UK for Grade 8 cello. He won Nottingham Young Musician of the Year aged 12, and was three times a winner of the Royal Academy’s Lower Strings Prize. He has held the String Recital Trophy for the Derby Music Festival for five years. Sheku won the Royal Academy Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize (2014), the Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition (2015), and is the Gregynog Young Musician 2015.

Sheku has performed widely throughout the UK in venues including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Sheku appeared as soloist at BBC Proms in the Park in Wales, and has performed Haydn’s Concerto in C with Chineke! Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Recital highlights next season include performing at London’s Kings Place as part of the Cello Unwrapped series.

A keen chamber musician, Sheku performs regularly as part of the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio and String Quartet, and the Mizuta Trio. Sheku is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, which gave its debut concert in September at The Royal Festival Hall, and is Principal Cello of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra. For several years he was a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. Sheku has received masterclass tuition from Guy Johnston, Robert Max, Alexander Baillie, Steven Doane, Rafael Wallfisch, Jo Cole, Melissa Phelps and Julian Lloyd-Webber.

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Register Your Interest

Please complete the boxes to register your interest in attending the exhibition.

How would you describe yourself - please tick one box.

 

We would like to keep you informed about The Amati Exhibition and other events by adding your details to our emailer list. By submitting this form you are indicating your consent to receive communication from us by email unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such communication by ticking the box. 

Photo Gallery

Photographs used with kind permission of Jason Reitenberger.

Register Your Interest

Please complete the boxes to register your interest in attending the exhibition.

How would you describe yourself - please tick one box.

 

We would like to keep you informed about The Amati Exhibition and other events by adding your details to our emailer list. By submitting this form you are indicating your consent to receive communication from us by email unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such communication by ticking the box. 

Visitors

The exhibition will be open to the public on the 20th and 21st October. We welcome everybody who has an interest with string instruments and bows - makers, dealers, collectors, investors, students, musicians and those people who simply enjoy classical music.

Visitors can enter on both days completely free of charge.

For Musicians

You will be able to try a diverse selection of instruments and bows to suit every level and every budget. You can also discuss your individual needs with many leading dealerships and contemporary makers.

This is a rare exhibition in that you will be able to speak directly with people that you would most definitely not have gathered in the same room at any other time. The Amati Exhibition has been put together for exactly this reason: to bring a highly sociable and enjoyable event to the industry where everybody with a similar interest can meet and share their knowledge and experiences.

"The Hungarian gypsy virtuoso Roby Lakatos' semi-private gig for for @AmatiAuctions: nearest thing to a rockstar's secret concert I’ll ever find."

Kate Maltby, Writer

"Last night @RobyLakatos was mind blowingly amazing. His music filled me with energy and love for life! #violinhero"

Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violinist

"The Amati Exhibition was a fantastic occasion full of classy people and a huge amount of seriously stunning instruments."

Michael Petrov, Cellist

"London sale week is such a sociable week and rather than people meeting behind closed doors I wanted to give people an opportunity to showcase their instruments and bows in a beautiful setting. I am delighted with the success and interest and would like to thank all exhibitors who have made this possible."

Sarah Buchanan, Amati Director

For Students

We invite and encourage schools to join us at the exhibition. This is an exclusive possibility for students both to display their work alongside some of the greatest makers, but also to meet and discuss a similar interest with people from the industry. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere and make the most of speaking to established makers.

"It was a really good opportunity to have the best quality instruments in your hands and to have the time to get a closer look as well as to really examine the instruments. It was an exceptional experience to listen to the Strad Archinto cello. Even as a student I felt really welcome to look at the instruments."

Kira Hasche, Newark School Student

"I really enjoyed handling some of the most famous instruments like the Archinto cello. We were treated like everybody else which is not always the case when you are a student. It was a great experience to meet so many nice people in one place. Thanks to Amati!"

Robert Stepp, Newark School Student

How to get to The Exhibition at The Langham Hotel

Being situated in the heart of London it could not be easier to reach The Langham Hotel.

Nearest Undergrounds: 

Oxford Circus is 5 minutes walking distance
Bond Street is 15 minutes walking distance

Westbury Hotel: 

Situated within 15 minutes walking distance

Transport from Airports: 

Heathrow
Express train is 15 minutes to Paddington
and then 5 stops via Bakerloo Line to Oxford Circus

 

Gatwick
Express train will take 15 minutes to Victoria
and then 2 stops via Victoria Line to Oxford Circus

 

Stanstead
Express train will take 45 minutes to Liverpool Street
and then 10 minutes via Central Line to Oxford Circus

Confirmed October Exhibitors

Adam Whone Ltd is a specialist shop with over 40 years of personal experience dedicated to the care and sale of instruments & bows of the violin family.
Barnes & Mullins
BVMA
Violin GmbH Lucerne; The specialist in violin. We are your professional violin makers in Switzerland
Chaconne are a stringed instrument shop with a store in Sapporo. They provide repair, restoration and hair replacement, and finish your instrument in top condition.
Colin Adamson Violin Maker
Fiddlease
Florian Leonhard - exceptional instruments, world renowned expertise and class leading restoration
Matthias Kayssler
Lark Insurance - Specialist insurance brokers, Insurance made to measure
Newark
Noel Burke
Paul Shelley
Rod Ward
Whether you play the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass, you will find a large selection of fine antique and new instruments and bows to choose from, and the facilities to take your time and play them at your leisure in our showroom at our shop in Beeston, Nottingham, UK
Ulf Johansson
Ulf Kloo
William John Violins - From his workshop in London, William John makes violins, violas and cellos, and specialises in sound adjustments.

More exhibitors to be added in the coming weeks.

Register Your Interest

Please complete the boxes to register your interest in attending the exhibition.

How would you describe yourself - please tick one box.

 

We would like to keep you informed about The Amati Exhibition and other events by adding your details to our emailer list. By submitting this form you are indicating your consent to receive communication from us by email unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such communication by ticking the box. 

Information for Exhibitors

The Langham’s Grand Ballroom provides an elegant and highly convenient central London space to display your instruments, bows and string accessories. Our event attracts musicians, investors, collectors and those with an appreciation for classcal music from around the world. The Amati Exhibition is organised by people that have years of experience in the stringed industry and who understand beautiful instruments and bows need to be shown off.

We are pleased to have built up a regular list of exhibitors who come from the UK, US, Europe and Japan. We hope they remain and new exhibitors become part of the exhibition as it continues to grow from strength to strength.

The Langham is one of London’s most beautiful and exclusive hotels and as we discovered last March continuously offer exceptional client care to our exhibitors, visitors and us. We arrange accommodation deals for our exhibitors meaning you can congenially be on site and have access to all the hotel facilities. You may wish to meet your own client’s in their infamous cocktail bar or eat in the superb Roux at the Landau restaurant.

"There are not many arenas in which prominent dealers and stringed instrument specialists can come together in one place in the same way that, say, instrument makers might. You might think that due to "competition" they may be a bit nervous, or not get along. But I found the experience quite the opposite, and apart from making new acquaintances and meeting old friends, I enjoyed seeing how other people worked and what they had to offer. Everyone in this business loves violins, and the opportunity to see a few more - and some extremely fine ones - is never a hardship!"

Adam Whone Violins

For event sponsorship or advertising opportunities please contact the event organiser, Charlott on +44 (0)20 7099 7114.

Register Your Interest

Please complete the boxes to register your interest in attending the exhibition.

How would you describe yourself - please tick one box.

 

We would like to keep you informed about The Amati Exhibition and other events by adding your details to our emailer list. By submitting this form you are indicating your consent to receive communication from us by email unless you have indicated an objection to receiving such communication by ticking the box.