Help Elissa acquire the Bow she needs !

Hello dear friends and music lovers, 

I hope all of you are staying healthy and positive through these difficult times. 
I miss performing and sharing live music with you and hope the situation will improve for all of us before too long.

A unique opportunity that I wanted to share with you has arisen.

For years I enjoyed playing on a bow by the famous 19th century French maker François-Nicolas Voirin. But as this bow was offered only as a loan, I unfortunately had to return it, which left me without a quality bow to play on. So, for the past year, I have been experimenting with more than a dozen bows, without finding the combination of sound, and ease that adequately renders my playing and musical voice. 

If you're not a violinist, it might be hard to understand the importance of the bow. But much like a quality paint brush for a painter or the precise ingredient in a special recipe for a chef, the right bow is an equal partner in the "ménage à trois" between the violinist, the violin and the bow.

During the lockdown, I stumbled by chance on another bow for sale by F. N Voirin that is almost identical to the one I had played on for so many years. See here the bow I am speaking about:

I would like to seize this opportunity to acquire this bow, while it is still for sale in the USA. So I am seeking to raise the amount of $10,000  (or the equivalent being 9,200 Euros*** - see footnote)  which represents roughly a third of the total value of the bow, the rest of which I will fund by combining a $ 10,000 bank loan with my own personal savings. 

Below is a short video where you can hear me playing this special bow - thank god I am a violinist and not a public speaker !
I would be so grateful for your help and generous support. I certainly could not do this without you ! Thanks to your donation, I will be able to pursue my highest quality of playing and share with audiences the best I have to offer as a performer. Please see below for details about donating.

Most Sincerely,
Elissa Cassini

Every donation counts and every little bit helps, but here is how I can symbolically show my appreciation:

For Donations above $250 you will receive
a CD or streaming link of mine and a conversation on any musical topic of your choice.

For Donations above $500 you will receive:
the performance of one solo violin work, either live or streamed dedicated to you personally and your name in the raffle.

for Donations above $1,000 you will receive:
a live or streamed concert for you and your friends or for your organisation and your name in the raffle.


For ALL Donations of $500 and above, in addition to the prizes above, your name will be entered into a special Raffle .
The winner will receive a one week-long stay in my family's charming and stylishly remodeled private guest-house in the Loire Valley as soon as travel resumes comfortably. Ideal for a couple, the area offers many activities such as wine-tasting, historic castles, biking / hiking, gourmet dining and you can choose any time of year to take your vacation including next summer season ! Please see the picture below. :)


THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT - I look forward to being in touch.

***PS - I intended for this to be a Dollar based fundraiser but because I created it from France, it was automatically launched in Euros. So please simply feel free to reason in US Dollars when contributing if that is your currency.

Simply note that both currencies are relatively close, and the value of the dollar is slightly below that of the Euro.
1 USD = 0.9 Euros
1 EURO = 1.08 USD


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Elissa Cassini 
Bouchemaine (Maine-et-Loire), France
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