Russian American Foundation Gala Benefit Concert Features Violinist Philippe Quint and Friends Celebration Includes Rare Violin Exhibition Curated by Suzanne Fushi

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Recipient of the “Ruby” Stradivari violin of 1708, Philippe Quint teamed with musical friends to present “From Bloch to Rachmaninoff,” a stellar evening of virtuosic music-making for the Russian American Foundation’s gala benefit concert on June 5. Quint was joined by cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Marta Aznavoorian in thrilling performances at the historic and elegant National Arts Club in New York City.


Philippe Quint and musical friends Ani and Marta Aznavoorian
Photo: Alexander Mikula

Collaborating with the Russian American Foundation to sponsor the Benefit were Bein & Fushi, The Stradivari Society, and the Mary B. Galvin Foundation. The Society’s Executive Director Suzanne Fushi curated a rare violin exhibition including exquisite violins by the legendary maker Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. Stringed instrument dealer Christopher Reuning spoke at the event and brought instruments by Amati and del Gesù for the exhibition. Check out and


On display at the exhibition: violins by G.B. Guadagnini, Pietro Guarneri II, Pietro Guarneri, and Hieronymus Amati II
Photo: Alexander Mikula

“Back in 2014, Philippe Quint and I joined forces for a series of benefits to create memorable musical experiences for our guests and contribute to the growth of the cultural and educational programs offered by the Russian American Foundation. These events have been a resounding success. I am most grateful to Suzanne Fushi and Christopher Reuning, who so kindly displayed such magnificent rare violins, making this a truly beautiful evening.”
– Marina Kovalyov, President and Founder of the Russian American Foundation

“One of the greatest joys for me is to be able to bring friends together for a special event. My deepest gratitude goes to Suzanne Fushi and The Stradivari Society for curating the exhibition and for their continuous support and friendship. Being able to play the stunning ‘Ruby’ Stradivari, with profound thanks to my patron, is still life-changing.”
– Philippe Quint