A Polish concert pianist has turned one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 15th century sketches into a physical object called the ‘Viola organista’.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has turned one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 15th century sketches into a musical instrument. The ‘Viola organista’ combines the fingerwork of a piano and the sustained sound of a stringed instrument.
Sixty one steel strings are connected to a keyboard, with spinning wheels wrapped in horse tail hair that turn to emit a rich sound similar to a cello, an organ and an accordion. The instrument took Zubrzycki three years and nearly $10,000 to build.
The fully functional Viola organista was played in public for the first time last month at the International Royal Krakow Piano Festival. You can check it out in the video below: