Local Violinist Needs Help Buying Top Instrument

Maxfield Panish

Maxfield Panish, an East Hampton local who attends the Manhattan School of Music, is hoping to raise money to buy a professional level Sverdlik violin. Mr. Panish has been playing the violin since he was five years old and now, at the age of twenty, he is preparing for a professional career in music. 

In order for Mr. Panish to become a professional violinist, he needs the proper instrument. Unfortunately, the violin that Mr. Panish currently plays is no longer suited for his level, and according to his campaign page, it "does not have the ability to resonate well enough to be heard in a concert hall." The violin that he hopes to buy will be made by Boris Sverdlik and will cost $30,000 dollars. Mr. Panish believes that this violin will be comparable in sound and quality to the million dollar instruments that professionals play.

Mr. Panish's college education is quite expensive, and for this reason, he is asking for the community's help in raising money to purchase a new instrument. Mr. Panish's fundraising campaign page can be found at www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-professional-level-violin-for-maxfield#home. He is offering a different "perk" for each donation level. Some perks include a one-hour private violin lesson and the use of Mr. Panish's skills at a party or event.