World Violin Day

Music lovers, celebrate World Violin Day on December 13!

Violins are the mainstays of the classical music world, but did you know they've only been around for about 500 years and originated in Italy? It takes over 70 pieces of wood to make a violin and they can be quite expensive: currently, the most expensive violin in the world, opens a new window is appraised at $16 million dollars. Contemporary violinists include Itzhak Perlman, Hilary Hahn, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Mark O'Connor.

You'll also hear them in other genres, especially folk and country music, where they are more commonly known as fiddles. Sometimes rock music features violinists; for example, Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Sergey Ryabtsev of Gogol Bordello.

There are many fantastic children's stories about young violinists and learning to play. Here are some to pick up:

Zin! Zin! Zin!

Ninja Boy's Secret

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Ada's Violin

A Violin for Elva

The Man With the Violin

Little Rat Makes Music

Broken Strings

A Story Like the Wind

Do you play the violin or have a favorite violin story to share? Let us know in the comments below!