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A 1683 Strad is major prize for winner of International Violin Competition / Indianapolis Star

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A Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars is the major prize that 40 of the world's best young violinists will compete to wrap their fingers around at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Whoever plays it next will join an eclectic cast, some of whom have reached the stratosphere of their craft and some of whom were just plain rich. Made in 1683, the violin has lived with a Parisian nobleman and a millionaire driver who raced around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It has ventured into bluegrass, and it was once deemed a "jealous mistress" by its most famous owner. From the fiddle's deep ruddy brown body, it bestows grace on players who understand it and squawks on those who are too harsh. The instrument's strength lies in an unlimited palate of emotional intensities. 

"If I was a painter and I was given a set of colors, and instead of being given five or six shades of blue, I was given a Stradivarius and I was given a hundred shades of blue. So imagine having that many shades in every color," said Glen Kwok, executive director of      Photo: Kelly Wilkinson

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