Joseph Bein grew up in a multigenerational musical family. He has been working at the forefront of the violin world for almost two decades surrounded by the world’s finest instruments with incredible proximity to the world renowned musicians. His path to the family business began during his high school years when he started accompanying his father, the late Robert Bein, on business trips to London and Boston. Robert began training Joe in the study of instruments and how to conduct business with great integrity and professionalism.
Over the years, in addition to being an exceptional salesman, Joe has worked to develop his expertise in violins and has become the firm’s principal historian and archival researcher responsible for accurately determining an instrument’s correct provenance. Joseph has maintained and added to his father’s extensive photographic archives while at the same time personally held close to 200 Stradivari instruments.
“I was very fortunate to be able to see my father on such a regular basis. It was fun coming to work. My dad was my boss, my parent, and my friend. Being able to make Dad proud and helping the family business was wonderful.”
Joseph has cultivated an incredible network, many of whom were also his father’s closest colleagues and friends.This extensive network within the classical music world has helped in acquiring some of the rarest pieces for the most discerning artists. He has personally helped principal players from many of the world’s great orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Nashville Symphony acquire their personal instruments and bows.
He has been invited to lecture and share his expertise on violins all over the world. He is a frequent lecturer for Bein & Fushi, The Stradivari Society, Northwestern University’s Summer Violin Institute, and the Chicago Violin Making School, where he was honored to give their most recent Commencement Address. In 2018, he was invited to speak for the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts Board of Directors as well as The Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles about Antonio Stradivari and the importance of placing instruments in the hands of those who will appreciate and care for them the most.
“I am especially proud that I have been able to continue relationships with my father’s clients, and in some cases, their children who have also entered the music world.”
In addition, Joe has attended important violin exhibitions, including the 1994 Guarneri del Gesù exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum, the “Carlo Bergonzi, A Cremonese Master Unveiled” exhibition held in Cremona in 2010, and the landmark 2013 “Stradivarius” exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. He is a member of the Violin Society of America and has recently joined the Board of Directors of Chicago’s famed Spektral Quartet.
The Bein family (Joe, his wife, and three children) lives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. He is an accomplished cook, runner, and and a devoted Cubs fan. When not at Bein & Fushi, Joe can often be found at Wrigley Field during the baseball season.