Arthur Edward Smith (1880–1978) is widely regarded as the most important violin maker in Australia. The National Museum holds a quartet put together by Smith’s daughter Ruth and her husband Ernest Llewellyn.
Post Stroke. This viola was made by the celebrated Australian maker, Arthur Edward Smith. Many fine musicians have owned and played Smiths instruments, including Stern, Ricci, Oistrakh and Menuhin who had more than one!
With a length of back of 417mm, the viola is comfortable to play and effortlessly makes an enormous, rich sound. It’s very easy to see why Smith’s instruments are so sought after.