Since 1976, Bein & Fushi has taken its place as the world’s premier dealer and restorer by establishing a firm in the tradition of the greatest shops of the past. At Bein & Fushi, the pulse of the classical music world can be felt—craftsmanship and artistry join forces in an exciting, creative environment dedicated to furthering the art and preserving the rich legacy of our classical music traditions.
Founded by the late Geoffrey Fushi and Robert Bein, the firm provides unparalleled authentication and expertise, the broadest selection of fine antique and modern instruments for students, professionals, and collectors, and world-class repair and restoration service. The Bein & Fushi Certificate is sought-after around the world. John K. Becker, master restorer and expert began his work with Bein & Fushi in 1979 and became lead restorer of the company’s old instrument workshop several years later as well as Robert Bein’s protégé of instrument identification. In 1994, he established John K. Becker & Company and continues his close collaboration with the firm, providing authentication and restoration.
|Geoffrey Fushi and Robert Bein with the celebrated violinist Nathan Milstein at Bein & Fushi||President and Co-Founder of Bein & Fushi, Jean Fushi
Photo: David Taylor
|Alec Fushi, Geoffrey Fushi, Noah Sims, Joe Bein, Suzanne Fushi, and Robert Bein|
Bein & Fushi’s long-term commitment and contribution to furthering our classical music traditions has been the driving force behind and guiding principal of The Stradivari Society since its inception. The firm supports the administration of all Society programs, from instrument insurance and maintenance to master classes led by distinguished artists and private patron concerts and other prestigious events. Bein & Fushi maintains The Stradivari Society’s collection of instrumental masterworks through its collaboration with John K. Becker & Company, one of the world’s foremost restoration firms.
Bein & Fushi’s international clientele includes many of the world’s most distinguished musicians: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Ehnes, Gidon Kremer, and the late Isaac Stern, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, and Ruggiero Ricci.
Many of the most celebrated violins, violas, and cellos by the legendary Italian master makers and French bow makers of the past—including those by Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Carlo Bergonzi, François Xavier Tourte, and Dominique Peccatte— have been entrusted to our firm for sale and acquired by top collectors and artists around the world.
|Robert Bein and Geoffrey Fushi||Books by Robert Bein and Geoffrey Fushi: The expanded and enlarged edition of How Many Strads? Our Heritage from the Master by Ernest Doring and The Miracle Makers: Stradivari, Guarneri, Oliveira|
Bein & Fushi has produced and published several groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed books and recordings:
The Miracle Makers: Stradivari • Guarneri • Oliveira, a coffee-table sized book and three-CD set which compares and contrasts thirty exquisite violins by Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù which was named “The year’s best classical release. Perhaps the most opulent book and CD set ever published. The performances are exceptional in themselves, quite apart from the project’s historic worth. This is an absolute must for fiddle fanciers, while more general music lovers will learn as they listen,” in 1999 by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune and received the highest praise from Robert Maxham of Fanfare, “It’s hard to imagine that any future book about violins will not be judged by this epoch-defining standard.”
The enlarged and expanded edition of the classic reference How Many Strads? Our Heritage from the Master by Ernest Doring which was lauded by Robert Maxham of Fanfare: “Collectors have deemed Doring’s original edition worthy of bids well over $1000, but very little of that value comes from its brittle binding, yellowed paper, typography, or photography. It’s the book’s soul that matters. And Bein & Fushi have enshrined that soul in a new ‘enlarged and expanded’ edition that preserves all that was good in the original and enhances much that wasn’t. The final result is sumptuous, to say the least.”
Monographs of the “King Joseph” Guarneri del Gesù violin of 1737 and the “Primrose” viola by Andrea Guarneri of 1697.
The company’s elegant antique and memorabilia-filled showrooms overlook beautiful Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain and are located on the 10th floor of Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Avenue.
|The Great Room at Bein & Fushi
Photo: Matthew Tolzmann