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The violinist André Rieu offered 700 tons of steel to help to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame, damaged by fire last Monday.
The steel he is offering is the scaffolding from the near life-size Schönbrunn Palace set with which Rieu toured the world in 2008.
"Deeply shocked by the dramatic images from Paris. We would like to provide our 700 tons of steel, used for the set of Schönbrunn Castle, to help erect the scaffold for the restauration of...

After the piece of news about the good conditions of the Notre Dame organ, let's stay in France: the organ of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis was repaired in just one month.

The cause of the degradation of the XIX organ is still unknown, but after the discovery of the damage (between 2 and 3 March) it took only five weeks to repair it. The repair was paid by the state.

The 5000-pipe organ was reinaugurated last Sunday with a free concert.

Despite the great fire that destroyed a large part of Notre Dame on Monday, the historic organ of the cathedral is safe.
The information was confirmed by the deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, and by the organist of the cathedral, Vincent Dubois, who said that now the precious instrument should be disassembled to keep it safe until the roof is stable.
The Notre Dame organ was built in the 1730s by Francois Thierry, with 8,000 pipes. The ...

Kristel Kraja and Federico Nogarotto won the first prize at the contest "La musica è gioia", the second stage of the Gewa Young Contest, the competition for under-14 string players. Both of them got 99/100 and will access the final stage, that will be held during Cremona Musica 2019.

Here is the first trailer of the new movie by Ron Howard, about the life of the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, with unreleased footage. The movie will be out this summer.

 

An experiment conducted at the Conservatory of Milan could spark new light on how musicians learn to play. The study examined the response of the brain of 24 musicians while they were watching videos violinists and clarinetists playing. In some videos the pitch of the audio was different from what the musician in the video was playing. The data collected show the presence of mirror neurons that may encode multimodal representations of musical ges...

Cremona Musica and its staff is at Musikmesse, in Frankfurt. We are working 365 days a year to promote music and lutherie. Here we also found many regular guests of ours.

 

Cremona Musica offers its condolences to the family of Vittorio Fabbrini, who passed away on 31 March, at the age of 77. Vittorio Fabbrini was a historical figure of the world of piano in Italy, having funded the company Fabbrini, with his brother, in the business of piano selling, distribution, repair and tuning since 1981. Vittorio Fabbrini has been a protagonist of Cremona Musica and Piano Experience for many years, as the official distributor...

This is a very special year for Thomastik-Infeld, the renowened strings brand. The company is celebrating its 100 anniversary this year. We interviewed Thomastik-Infeld to find out more about this special milestone and to hear the history of the most successful products of the Austrian brand.

 
 
How did Thomastik-Infeld’s business start?
Thomastik-Infeld was founded in 1919 in by two men who shared a unique passion for music as well as an ou...

A documentary film, based the robbery of Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond’s Stradivarius violin in 2014, is going to be released in April of this year at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. 
Entitled Plucked, and directed by Joel Van Haren, the documentary is telling the story of the taser attack and theft of the 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius and subsequent 9-day police investigation and recovery.
The movie will premiere on April 28th...

Pianists, composers, music lovers from all around the world, today is Piano Day!
Why is it on 29 march? Because this is the 88th day of the year.
How should you celebrate? As you prefer. But with music.
If you want more info about Piano Day, the organizers are sharing a bunch of piano-related events on their website, taking place in these days.
And do not forget to visit Piano Experience, the first piano exhibition in Europe, taking place at ...

After a recent recital during the winter festival of Crans-Montana Classics, Iclassica-Foundation interviewed Boris Berezovsky and his daughter Evelyn on a generational topic as social media. The main answer is, are they useful to promote yourself and enhance your career? Their opinions are quite different...

 

You can enjoy the video interview here

 

 

 

 

Your dream is performing with great artists in a great venue? This is the contest for you. Play with Ray gives your the opportunity to perform with Ray Chen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bows. All you have to do is recording a video of yourself performing the first violin part of the first movement of Bach’s Double Concerto, submitting it on the website, and proving why you should be the musician they are looking for. The top ...

Last week the Washington Post published an interesting story by Inna Faliks about the passion of Chinese people for classical music. The pianist and professor, who was guest of Cremona Musica 2017 and will also be at Cremona Musica 2019, states that in China you are face-to-face with the future of classical music, not with its past.
The story is inspired by Faliks' latest tour in China, in 2018, when she found throngs of students and young peopl...

Do you think to know everything about Bach's life and works? Prove it! WQXR, to celebrate the birthday of the German composer, created a test in 10 questions.

 

You can find it here: link