David Rattray Violins
David Rattray

A selection of musicians who play on Rattray instruments

Leslie Hatfield

Leslie Hatfield, violin  2008 after Guarneri del Gesu de Beriot
Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Chamber musician, soloist, recording artist. and broadcaster.

Ian Jewell

Ian Jewel, viola 1996 after Gasparo da Salo  
Formerly with the  Gabrielli Quartet, now performs with Zivoni Quartet. He has recorded over fifty commercial recordings and given many distinguished concert performances.  Head of Strings at the Purcell School and Professor at the Royal College of Music. 

Anna Croad

Anna Croad, violin 1999 after Guarneri del Gesu 1744 de Beriot
Regularly performs with New London Chamber Orchestra, New London Soloists, Britten Sinfonia also works with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic.


Kenta Matsumi, viola 1994 after Gasparo da Salo
Resident in Japan, studied Royal Academy of Music, London. 
A distinguished soloist, recording artist and chamber musican.

'His tone is beautiful, rich and warm, the true viola sound' Lilian Turtis

Steven Burnard

Steven Burnard, viola 1996 after Gasparo da Salo
In 1986 became Co-Principal BBC Symphony Orchestra  four years later was appointed Principal Viola  BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (BBC NOW). In 2006 became  Principal Viola BBC Philharmonic. A member of the Vale Quartet.  Also in much demand as  a soloist.

Eve Silver

Eve Silver, cello 2010 after Guarneri filius Andrea, Cremona 1692
Acting associate principal cellist of West Australian Symphony Orchestra, has given many distinguished recitals on both cello and piano and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Cello specially commissioned for Ms. Silver by Australian businesswoman and patron to the arts Janet Holmes à Court.

Pedro Meireles

Pedro Meireles, viola after Gasparo da Salo
Has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and with the soloists of the Royal Academy of Music.  Also a gifted violinist, he performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, and winner of several major competitions.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith plays on a Gasparo da Salo model 2002
A member of Manchester's Halle Orchestra since 2008 and also enjoys playing chamber music and teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School.

Nazarin Rashidova

Nazrin Rashidova, violin after Guadagnini  Milan c. 1753
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music she has given numerous concerts and recitals across the globe. In 2006, was nominated for the Woman of the Year Award for her outstanding musical talent. Miss Rashidova is founder and leader of the acclaimed FeMusa String Ensemble.

Daniel Palmizio

Daniel Palmizio, viola after Gasparo da Salo 2003
Gifted young Italian   musician, performed as soloist in 2009 with Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Southbank.  Winner of Watson Forbes Competition, St. Andrews. 
‘Easily exceeds his rivals in poise, tonal finesse, and general deportment’ Tully Potter

Bethany Britt Bethany Britt, viola after Gasparo da Salo 2011
Winner of the North London Music Festival viola category 2012. Performances include solo and chamber music recitals, also performs with the Cavell Quartet and has recorded with Sinfonia Cymru under the baton of John Rutter.


Zoltan Takacs plays two Rattray violins dated 1993 after Stradivari Habeneck and 1998 after Guarneri del Gesu 1744 de Beriot.
Concert Master with several renowned orchestras, chamber musician, soloist and recording artist. Resident, Helsinki where he is Principal First violin in the Finnish Radio Orchestra.


Pip Worn, viola after Gasparo da Salo
Studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Howard Davis and John White. Plays mainly with BBC Concert Orchestra and works with several London Orchestras, also performs with the String of Pearls Quartet and teaches.

Alberni String Quartet

Matthew Souter, viola after Gasparo da Salo
Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London and Head of Strings at Wells, member of the Alberni String Quartet one of Britain’s longest established and most respected quartets. Several earlier Alberni members commissioned instruments, including Roger Best, viola after Mariani c1640, and the late Howard Davis, violin after GB Guadagnini 1753.

Sandra Thomson

Sandra Thomson, viola1993 after Gasparo da Salo
Studied at Royal Academy of Music, London. Played with the London Phiharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Orchestra. Currently plays with the Aberdeen Sinfonietta.

Nicky Tomkin

Nicholas Tomkin, viola after Gasparo da Salo 2010
Studied at Vienna Hochschule and has  played with Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Volksoper. Since 1997 member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
 “It has been such a pleasure playing your viola, I really do love it. I have heard very nice comments from my colleagues.  It’s so easy to play, very even, and has a depth in the sound as well as clarity. I must say it does also look very beautiful”.


West Australian Symphony Orchestra Australia’s premier arts company. Performing over 130 concerts annually and working with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists.   
Members of the viola section. Kiersten Arkley-Smith- viola 2005 after Gasparo da Salo 
Allan Mclean
and Alex Brogen, viola’s  2009 after GB Guadagnini, Milan 1757 ‘Cummings
Aaron Wyatt, viola 2005 Guarneri model ‘Garfield Jackson’
Elizabeth Dowson,
(not pictured) viola 2002 after Gasparo da Salo
John Ford Principal  2nd violin, model Guarneri del Gesu  ‘Leduc’

The Stanford Quartet

The Stanford Quartet, graduates of the Royal Academy of Music.  This well regarded dynamic ensemble, regularly perform the British concert circuit, festivals and educational work. 
and Eleanor Stanford, violins after Guarneri del Gesu, 1742
Amy Stanford, viola after Andrea Guarneri, 1691

National Youth Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, described by the Times as ‘the most uplifting orchesra in the world’ own several  Rattrays - commissioned over a four year period, including  cellos after Guarneri  filius Andrea1692 and Stradivari 1726, Marquis de Corberon, violas in the manner of Guadagnini and violins after  Guarneri del Gesu  and  Carlo Antonio Testore.


Becket Collection, Baroque violins after Seraphin Venice 1743 and Guadagnini Milan 1753. Classical viola after Mantegazza Milan 1792.
Premier loan collection of fine historical stringed instruments housed at the Royal Academy of Music, available to students and young professionals for study and performance.