JO NARDOLILLO, DMA
"I cannot rave enough about your Bradivarius violin! It has the perfect dark chocolate mousse sound that is just beautiful in every setting. And the special pickup in the bridge produces a silky tone that everyone loves--especially sound engineers. My Bradivarius is easy to play, reliable even in unusual settings, and a joy to play. It is my instrument of choice for playing on the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour and all my folk/crossover ventures. Bravo for creating such a fine instrument.
I am glad it found it's way into my hands!."
Jo Nardolillo, DMA
Violin Faculty, Asbury University Violinist
WOODSONGS Old Time Radio Hour
Jo's Gypsy Jazz Group...TOUCHE'...
Jo Nardolillo with Peter Yarrow
from Peter, Paul and Mary, and Michael Johnathon
of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour
"Brad Higgins makes great violins. My favorite qualities are the power and tone of the instrument. It is very strong and smooth, and responds perfectly to any emotion I play with."
NATALIE MACMASTER BIO
LEAHY FAMILY BIO
Donnell Leahy playing his Bradivarius Violin on YouTube with Natalie MacMaster
"Bradivarius Violins are beautifully crafted and have a smooth deep tone. I take mine on tour all the time because it is a good functional instrument that works very well with a
ERIN playing her Bradivarius Violin on YouTube
ERIN and family playing her
"My Higgins Violin is powerful,
has an even tone, is easy to play, and has all the qualities that
I like in a fiddle."
You are truly an American Legend, Vassar. You will always be remembered.
Our love, Brad & Patricia Higgins
VASSAR CLEMENTS 1928-August 16, 2005
DAIRE BRACKEN ~ Dublin, Ireland
"The Bradivarius is meticulously designed and crafted with many considerations including new robustness issues never before addressed that made the violin attractive to me as a performing and touring
artist. When it comes down to it, my main concern, as with many, is
the tone. This violin has it in spades with remarkable constancy from a beautifully sweet high E' string to the strength and clarity of the additional 5th low C string, a difficult thing to achieve and a quality you wouldn't find in some violas. This is an example of how craft becomes art in my opinion. Having tried and toured with various violins I'm delighted to have finally found the Bradivarius."
This violin has it in spades with remarkable constancy from a beautifully sweet high E' string to the strength and clarity of the additional 5th low C string, a difficult thing to achieve and a quality you wouldn't find in some violas. This is an example of how craft becomes art in my opinion. Having tried and toured with various violins I'm delighted to have finally found the Bradivarius."
Listen to DAIRE playing his Bradivarius on YouTube
DAIRE in Pittsburgh, Scythian & Slide - "Caeli"
Follow DAIRE as he tours with Dave Munnelly
"I find my Higgins Violin to be
an instrument that combines both function and aesthetics. It is
beautiful and possesses quality workmanship, rich tone and good
responsiveness, whether played acoustically or amplified."
SARA MILONOVICH BIO
Greg is currently the guitarist with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
SARA MILONOVICH AND GREG ANDERSON
Sara is an award-winning fiddler, singer, and tunesmith from New York. A former member of The McKrells and The Cathie Ryan Band. She now divides her time between a busy solo career and being an in-demand accompanist for a number of other artists. In the past year, she has recorded and performed with the likes of Richard Shindell, Jeff Wilkinson, Eliza Gilkyson, Anne Hills, US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and Leslie Ritter & Scott Petito, among others.
Greg is currently the guitarist with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant SoulCofounder of the acclaimed Celtic-fusion group Whirligig, and also a 9-year veteran of the Cathie Ryan Band. He has performed and recorded with many diverse international artists, including The Klezmatics, Susan McKeown, Richard Shindell, and Tommy Sands.
Sara & Greg have toured throughout the US and Europe. Their debut CD, "Forward In All Directions!", made the World Top Ten in the Village Voice 'Pazz & Jop' Critics Poll for 2004.
"I love how the tone in my Bradivarius is so even and full all the way across - the lows are nice and deep, the highs clean and pure. And I'm having so much fun with the fifth string; it's opened a whole new world of musical possibilities to me. As icing on the cake, Brad's violins look as beautiful as they sound." KIMBERLY DOERFEL on MySpace
KIMBERLY DOERFEL on MySpace
"I quite literally could not put it down, the 5-string tugged at my heart immediately!"
"When I first purchased my Bradivarius 5-string, I thought I'd mostly be using the fiddle for live performances, but the violin has already exceeded my acoustic expectations. I've used it on live and studio performances with fantastic results. As for the addition of the 5th string, it is as fun as it is practical. I don't know how I played this long without one."
The Mickey Finns, MySpace
Follow Matt with the Cathie Ryan Band
COLIN FARRELL - BIO
COLIN FARRELL - GRADA
"The Bradivarius 5-string is the nicest violin I have ever played. It is superbly crafted and has a beautiful warm sound with a fast response and perfectly balanced tone throughout. It has excellent range and projection, and it's easy to play, making it perfect for live performances."
Colin Farrell was born in Manchester , a city that has probably the strongest and most vibrant Irish traditional music scene outside of Ireland. Before joining Gráda, Colin had already made a name for himself, performing and recording with an array of great musicians in Europe and the USA (including the well known group, Flook).
"My Bradivarius fiddle has impressive tonal qualities that project well with superior resonance and a deep, even sound. Beyond being a beautiful instrument aesthetically, it outperforms any violin I have played previously. Brad's craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none."
KIM COOK BIO
"Brad did it again. Now I have two great fiddles, five and four string. Nice tone, response, clarity, all the qualities you look for in a fiddle. Just the sound I'd been looking for."
HARRY RALPH BIO
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