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Raphael Leo Hurwitz

Managing Director

Raphael Leo Hurwitz was born into a musical family in 1988. His grandfather Emanuel Hurwitz CBE was an acclaimed violinist; one of Britain's greatest chamber musicians and his grandmother Kay Hurwitz MBE, a talented violist, founded the Youth Music Centre that still flourishes in Hampstead Garden Suburb today. His mother Miriam Keogh created and developed the Harp Department at the Royal Academy of Music, and his father Michael Hurwitz played with the philharmonia cello section for 30 years.

Whilst working extensively as a freelance violist, Raphael joined the world-leading firm J&A Beare as an administrator to follow his interest in the fine instruments market. He became Sales Manager of the firm after only a year and oversaw numerous important sales and acquisitions in the firm including the 'Cabriac' Stradivari 1698, the 'ex-Potter' Guadagnini 1782, and the 'Huberman' Tourte 1825.

Taking with him the enormous experience and lessons gained from Beares, Raphael left to found Hurwitz Fine Instruments and Bows in 2016, basing his business on a strong moral code. He has gained an international reputation for his impartiality and expertise with almost 100% of clients coming from personal recommendations, and he always looks forward to the enjoyment of helping match a client with a new instrument or bow.

Raphael Leo Hurwitz

Managing Director

Raphael Leo Hurwitz was born into a musical family in 1988. His grandfather Emanuel Hurwitz CBE was an acclaimed violinist; one of Britain's greatest chamber musicians and his grandmother Kay Hurwitz MBE, a talented violist, founded the Youth Music Centre that still flourishes in Hampstead Garden Suburb today. His mother Miriam Keogh created and developed the Harp Department at the Royal Academy of Music, and his father Michael Hurwitz played with the philharmonia cello section for 30 years.

Whilst working extensively as a freelance violist, Raphael joined the world-leading firm J&A Beare as an administrator to follow his interest in the fine instruments market. He became Sales Manager of the firm after only a year and oversaw numerous important sales and acquisitions in the firm including the 'Cabriac' Stradivari 1698, the 'ex-Potter' Guadagnini 1782, and the 'Huberman' Tourte 1825.

Taking with him the enormous experience and lessons gained from Beares, Raphael left to found Hurwitz Fine Instruments and Bows in 2016, basing his business on a strong moral code. He has gained an international reputation for his impartiality and expertise with almost 100% of clients coming from personal recommendations, and he always looks forward to the enjoyment of helping match a client with a new instrument or bow.

Will Robertson

Consultant

Will Robertson is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Felix Schmidt. Whilst in his last year at the Academy, Will was the holder of the Rose Roitman Award Scholarship, and previously the Eric Thiman Memorial Award Scholarship. Will was also named the Kirklees Young Musician of the Year 2019, as part of the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield.

Remembering clearly the moment that the violin became a work of art as well as a player's tool. "A Pressenda violin from the early 19th Century at the Royal College of Music... The craftsmanship and attention to detail was mind-blowing; so much so that I appreciated that instrument as not merely a tool for myself/others to use and play on, but as a real work of art. Since then I've gained much more of an appreciation for the different techniques and styles attached to bow-making, viewing those in a similarly artistic vain."

Will specialises in research, solutions, and finance - using his honed experience to work closely with clients to achieve funding success from foundations, alongside grants and loans.

Buying

Welcome to a stringed instrument specialist marketplace and musical-matchmaker providing online, international and face-to-face services for musicians, collectors, and investors. With our experience working for the most prestigious firms in London and our extensive musical heritage we will work to achieve the best, and safest deal for you, every time.

Our matchmaker service is world-renowned and has to date successfully paired 127 instruments and bows with satisfied clients.
If you would like to become another valued customer of Hurwitz Fine Instruments and Bows then please get in touch, or feel free to browse our current stock for sale. This is only a small selection of the things that we have for sale, so if you'd like something more specific, then please register and fill in our matchmaker form to start your personal journey with us.

Selling

If you are thinking of selling an instrument or bow, or just looking to have a valuation with us then we would love to hear from you. We achieve exemplary results with traditional marketing, digital PR, one-to-one service and a steadily growing database of international buyers.

We offer our service for a fixed commission fee, or a transparent net agreement to all of our sellers, which covers photography, administration, consulting, marketing and insurance for your consignment.

To arrange a free, no-obligation appraisal then please get in touch, or alternatively call us directly +44 (0) 7964 310 297 between 9am - 9pm (7 days a week).
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