Padraig Barden is one of several contemporary makers whom I enjoy representing. This particular violin is based on Yehudi Menuhin’s 1734 Guarneri del Gesu, the “Lord Wilton”. Padraig’s personal style tends to leave his instruments slightly lightly built. The effect reminds me of the characteristics I see in Giovanni Baptista Ceruti’s work, which is quite a compliment in terms of developing an individual response to the great Cremonese makers, with benefits to the way it sounds. The instrument has an impressive depth of sound giving it an attractive complexity that I normally expect of older instruments. An ideal instrument for a music student or young professional.
A good contemporary violin by Padraig Barden after the 1734 "Lord Wilton"