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Maximillian Haft

PhD candidate

M.D. Haft
+31 71 527 1480


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The Stroh violin or “horn violin” is a relatively unknown instrument designed at the turn of the century, a time when sound recording was in its infancy and the Stroh was favourable over a standard violin. As recording technology improved, the Stroh violin fell into obscurity only to emerge decades later as a Transylvanian folk instrument.
It is my intention to recover, expose, revive, and promote the Stroh violin in the 21st century contemporary music world as a way to reinvent this unique instrument. My research will encompass a broad historical investigation, a comparison of “offshoot” Stroh violins and their migration to different cultures, culminating with the commission and recording of several new works by prominent living composers.

Curriculum vitae

New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA
Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance (2004 – 2008)

The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The Netherlands
Master of Music, Violin Performance and Contemporary Music Cum Laude (2009 – 2011)

Violinist of Ensemble Contrechamps, Geneva

Violinist of Ensemble Proton, Bern

PhD supervisors

  • Henk Borgdorf
  • Aleks Kolkowski

Grants and awards

HSP Huygens Scholarship

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Academie der Kunsten

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