Since 1976, Bein & Fushi has taken its place as the world’s premier dealer and restorer by establishing a firm in the tradition of the greatest shops of the past. At Bein & Fushi, the pulse of the classical music world can be felt—craftsmanship and artistry join forces in an exciting, creative environment dedicated to furthering the art and preserving the rich legacy of our classical music traditions.
Founded by the late Geoffrey Fushi and Robert Bein, the firm provides unparalleled authentication and expertise, the broadest selection of fine antique and modern instruments for students, professionals, and collectors, and world-class repair and restoration service. The Bein & Fushi Certificate is sought-after around the world. John K. Becker, master restorer and expert of rare, antique instruments, began his work with Bein & Fushi in 1979 and became lead restorer of the company’s old instrument workshop several years later as well as Robert Bein’s protégé of instrument identification. In 1994, he established John K. Becker & Company and continues his close collaboration with the firm, providing authentication and restoration.
Bein & Fushi’s international clientele includes many of the world’s most distinguished musicians: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Ehnes, Gidon Kremer, and the late Isaac Stern, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and Ruggiero Ricci.
Many of the most celebrated violins, violas, and cellos by the legendary Italian master makers and French bow makers of the past—including those by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Carlo Bergonzi, François Xavier Tourte, and Dominique Peccatte— have been entrusted to our firm for sale and acquired by top collectors and artists around the world. To view a selection of Bein & Fushi’s most notable sales, click here.
The Stradivari Society, a division of Bein & Fushi, was founded in 1985 by Geoffrey Fushi and Mary Galvin with the encouragement of the legendary pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. The Society is dedicated to the preservation and pursuit of excellence in classical music by identifying the world’s most promising young artists and uniting them with the superb rare, antique Italian instruments they need to help launch and sustain their professional careers thanks to generous patrons. The organization has assisted leading teachers including Zakhar Bron, Midori, Robert Lipsett, Hyo Kang, and the late Dorothy DeLay with loans of great Italian antique instruments to their most accomplished students.
The Society has also provided outstanding international performance opportunities to its recipientswith several major tours of China, Korea, and France, featuring many Society artists, rare violin exhibitions,and lectures, as well as recitals at the Supreme Court, Library of Congress and important music venues in Moscow, Beijing—including Zhong Nan Hai , the Chinese “White House,” Tokyo, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For over twenty years, the Society hosted an annual series of master classes led by esteemed teachers and international soloists including Ruggiero Ricci, Pinchas Zukerman, Vadim Repin, Robert Lipsett, Joseph Silverstein, and Vadim Gluzman.
Current and former Society recipients include many of today’s foremost artists—Vadim Gluzman, Midori, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, Gil Shaham, Vadim Repin, Kyoko Takezawa, Augustin Hadelich, and Philippe Quint. To find out more about becoming a Stradivari Society patron, contact Suzanne Fushi, Executive Director of the Society, at 312-663-0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bein & Fushi has produced and published several groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed books
The Miracle Makers: Stradivari • Guarneri • Oliveira, a coffee-table sized book and three-CD set which compares and contrasts thirty exquisite violins by Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù which was named “The year’s best classical release. Perhaps the most opulent book and CD set ever published. The performances are exceptional in themselves, quite apart from the project’s historic worth. This is an absolute must for fiddle fanciers, while more general music lovers will learn as they listen,” in 1999 by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune and received the highest praise from Robert Maxham of Fanfare, “It’s hard to imagine that any future book about violins will not be judged by this epoch-defining standard.”
The enlarged and expanded edition of the classic reference How Many Strads? Our Heritage from the Master by Ernest Doring which was lauded by Robert Maxham of Fanfare: “Collectors have deemed Doring’s original edition worthy of bids well over $1000, but very little of that value comes from its brittle binding, yellowed paper, typography, or photography. It’s the book’s soul that matters. And Bein & Fushi have enshrined that soul in a new ‘enlarged and expanded’ edition that preserves all that was good in the original and enhances much that wasn’t. The final result is sumptuous, to say the least.”
The company’s elegant antique and memorabilia-filled showrooms overlook beautiful Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain and are located on the 10th floor of Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Avenue.