Graham Elliot

Haunted by the soft, sweet power of the violin

Researching the provenance of a single violin becomes a four-year obsession for Helena Attlee, taking her from Britain to Russia, via Paris, Florence and Cremona

Antonio Stradivari in his atelier. Credit: Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis via Getty Images

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