UKARIA, formerly known as Ngeringa Arts, is committed to acquiring fine musical instruments for talented Australian musicians. It has developed a close association with the internationally acclaimed Australian String Quartet and is in the process of acquiring and loaning them a unique set of instruments handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1743 – 1784.

Guadagnini is one of history’s foremost luthiers, in company with Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gesu. Born in Bilegno in 1711, Guadagnini produced his exquisite instruments from about 1729 until his death in 1786. The value of this project is in the vicinity of $6M and once complete it will be the only matched set of Guadagnini instruments in the world.

In order to secure the instruments for future generations, UKARIA has launched the Guadagnini Quartet Project. Already through the generosity of donors it has acquired the violin, viola and cello and will continue its capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to acquire the second violin. These instruments are featured in Highly Strung, a feature length documentary by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Scott Hicks.

This project has brought together a group of visionary patrons who understand the significant cultural value in a collection of this calibre. The Board of UKARIA recognises and thanks the following donors who have each made a significant contribution to this project.

Allan J Myers AC
Maria J Myers AC
James and Diana Ramsay Foundation
Klein Family Foundation
Diana McLaurin
Joan Lyons
Mrs F.T. MacLachlan OAM
Mr H.G. MacLachlan
Hartley Higgins
David and Pam McKee
Ian and Pamela Wall
Mary Louise Simpson
Janet and Michael Hayes
Richard Harvey
Jill Russell
Lyndsey and Peter Hawkins
Mrs S.T. McGregor
Jari and Bobbie Hryckow
Lang Foundation
Macquarie Foundation
Anonymous (1)

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