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Anne Akiko Meyers performs live in studio on WNYC: Soundcheck

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It's safe to say that if any of us owned an instrument as rare as Anne Akiko Meyers' centuries-old Guarneri del Gesu violin, we'd probably approach it with caution, for fear of, say, dropping it. "Don't touch it! Don't point!" The 1741 Guarneri, known as the Vieuxtemps, has been played by Itzhak Perlman, Henri Vieuxtemps and Yehudi Menuhin, and in 2012, reportedly sold for more than $16M -- and its anonymous owner loaned it to Meyers for life.

But while Meyers' playing is skillful, and full of nuance, she's far from timid, attacking the instrument with an impressive lyrical finesse. On her most recent recording, The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, showcases Meyers' virtuosic musicianship and rich tonality -- making it clear that this really old violin is good hands. LISTEN TO Anne Akiko Meyers ON WNYC: Soundcheck on Friday, April 25th at 2 p.m. ET