Monday, March 20, 2023

A QVD marriage: Viola Arrivabene to marry renown violinist Charlie Siem


Pubblicazioni di Matrimonio, Venice.  

Viola Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga, the eldest child of HRH Princess Bianca of Savoy-Aosta and Count Giberto Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga, will marry British violinist Charlie Siem within the next six months.  The date of the wedding has not been announced. With her sister, Vera, Viola is the co-founder of ViBi Venezia, a Venice-based firm that sells Furlanes, the shoes worn by gondoliers. The shoes are designed and handmade in Italy,

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 Viola was born in Rome on May 31, 1991, and grew up at the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice, which has been in the Arrivabene family for more than two centuries.   IN 2013, Count Gibert reached an agreement that allowed the Aman Hotel to renovate the lower floors of the palazzo for a luxury hotel.  Count Giberto and his family lives in a private apartment on the top floor. 

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Charles Maximilian Siem is a contemporary classical violinist.  He was born in London on January 14, 1986, the second child of Norwegian billionaire Kristian Siem and Karen Ann Morass, who was born in South Africa.  He has one older sister and two younger sisters.  

He was three years old when he began studying the violin.  From his official website: "He received a broad and thorough education at Eton College, before completing the intellectually demanding undergraduate degree programme in Music at the University of Cambridge.  From 1998 to 2004 he studied the violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky in London at the Royal College of Music, and from 2004 he has been mentored by Shlomo Mintz." 

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Charlie is an ambassador of the Prince's Trust.  For more information about this incredibly gifted musician, please take a look at his website.

Kristian Siem has been the Director of Siem Industries since 1982. He is also Chairman of Subsea 7 S.A., Siem Shipowning Inc., Star Reefers Inc., and  Siem Offshore Inc. and a director on the boards of Seven Yield Holding Pte. Ltd. and Frupor S.A. 

Mrs. Siemi is a director of Siem Industries in South Africa and a member of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Charlie's grandfather, Ole MARTIN Siems (1915-1996), was a member of the Norwegian resistance during the second world war.  In 1969, he helped Israel "steal" their own boats that were embargoed by France during the Yom Kippur War

In an interview with Upscale Living in November 2020, Charlie was asked: And the million-dollar question, do you have a significant other?  (at this question, Charlie gives a hearty laugh and eventually reveals the answer) Yes.

In October 2021, Viola's younger sister, Vera married  Briano Martinoni Caleppio in Venice.  They are expecting their first child. 

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Viola is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Victoria - Victoria - Sophie - Irene -Amedeo, Duke of Aosta - Bianca - Viola.

Charlie plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, known as the ‘D’Egville’, which has its own QVD connection.

In 2002, in an article about historic violins, the Seattle Times's reporter, Melissa Bargreen wrote: " The D'Egville del Gesu: Created in 1735, this instrument was purchased in 1900 [another source says 1931]by Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, and it stayed in the German royal family until 1960. It was then bought by Otto Lutz, a scientist instrumental in building the V-2 rockets. Lutz lent the D'Egville to the late violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who loved the instrument so much he wouldn't return it. Lutz had to sue him to get it back. The jealous owner, retrieving his instrument, had a gold nail engraved with his initials (O.L.) driven into the center of the instrument's saddle. Fulton has left the nail intact because of structural issues regarding its removal and replacement and because the nail now is a part of the instrument's history. Menuhin continued to covet the D'Egville to the end of his life but was never able to acquire it at terms that he would pay. Ironically, both the D'Egville and the Lord Wilton del Gesu, Menuhin's own del Gesu, are reunited in Fulton's collection. Menuhin would be so jealous."

Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, the eldest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II bought the violin in 1931. Otto Lutz bought the violin in 1960 presumably from Crown Prince Wilhelm's son, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, then head of the former German Imperial house.

Kaiser Wilhelm II was Sophie's older brother.  Crown Prince Wilhelm and Princess Irene of  Greece and Denmark were first cousins.  

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