Coffee concert featuring rare Amati instruments on USask campus

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Department of Music is hosting an intimate concert featuring the university’s collection of Amati instruments, one of the only complete Amati quartets in the world.

USask’s four Amati instruments were acquired over a five-year period in the 1950s by Saskatchewan farmer and amateur collector Steve Kolbinson. (Photo: Dave Stobbe)

After several years without being presented as a quartet, the hand-crafted priceless pieces of history spanning more than 400 years will be featured in an additional concert on Sunday, May 1, 2022, following a sold out performance.

From a violin smuggled out of France for safekeeping during the Second World War and another once owned by a world-famous musician, to an extremely rare viola commissioned by Pope Paul the Fifth, and a cello lost in time for decades in a dusty attic in the Earl of Plymouth’s castle in England, the Amati instruments are true treasures. 

Event details:
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 10:30am coffee/tea, 11am performance
Location: ​​Diefenbaker Canada Centre, University of Saskatchewan

The event is open to USask students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as members of the community. Tickets will be limited due to the size of the seating area and can be purchased here:   

Please note: All campus visitors are expected to follow USask health and safety guidelines and will be required to wear 3-ply single-use masks in indoor spaces.


For more information, contact:

Victoria Dinh 
USask Media Relations 

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