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Carla Shapreau

Carla Shapreau is the Curator of the Salz Collection of Stringed Instruments. She brings to this position a background of violin making, restoration, and service as a member of the non-profit American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America.

A recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in connection with her research, Shapreau has written and lectured broadly on topics pertaining to instruments of the violin family and other music-related issues, such as Violin Fraud — Deception, Forgery, Theft and Lawsuits in England and America, Oxford University Press, “Documenting the Violin Trade in Paris:  The Archives of Albert Caressa and Émile Français, 1930-1945,” in Collecting & Provenance: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, Roman & Littlefield (forthcoming), “Bells in the Cultural Soundscape:  Nazi-Era Plunder, Repatriation, and Campanology,” in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation, Oxford University Press, 2018, “German Panel Rules That a Rare Violin Was Looted by Nazis,” New York Times, December 9, 2016; “The Sound of Silence: Musical Instrument Theft and Fraud,” Art and Cultural Heritage Crime Symposium, New York University, November, 2016; “Contextualizing Cultural Property – Interpretation and Perception of Nazi-era Looted or Blacklisted Works,” Symposium: How Should We Perform the Troubled Past?, Colburn School of Music, Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices, October, 2016; “The Purloined Stradivari,” International Foundation for Art Research Journal, Volume 16, No. 3, 2015; co-author, Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript, Oxford: DIAMM Publications, 2014 (AMS Palisca Award, 2015); “The Austrian Copyright Society and Blacklisting During the Nazi Era,” the OREL Foundation, 2014; “Mastery of the Past,” Symposium: The Vienna Philharmonic 100 Years After the Outbreak of the First World War, Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 2014; “The Loss of French Musical Property During World War II, Post-War Repatriations, Restitutions, and 21st Century Ramifications,” France Berkeley Fund Report, 2013; “A Nazi Violin Still Keeps Its Secrets,” New York Times, September 23, 2012.
In addition, Carla Shapreau is a Lecturer in the School of Law, where she teaches a course on art and cultural property law, including topics pertaining to collection management. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Institute of European Studies, where she is conducting cultural property research in the field of music.

Carla Shapreau CV


Research website: the Lost Music Project