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We are very sad to learn that the Italian composer and conductor Ezio Bosso has just passed away, at the age of 48. We had the opportunity to appreciate his love for music and his ability to spread it to wide audiences, as testified by the people that attended the events of Cremona Musica 2019 he took part.

In that occasion, we awarded him the Cremona Musica Award for the category communication, for his talent to communicate the beauty of classi...

Since the beginning of the lockdown, Cremona Musica has organized a special festival made with video-concert that Italian and International artists had recorded at home, just for us. Every Tuesday and Friday night on our Facebook page, our audience can find an exclusive concert recorded to show the love of the artistic community for Cremona, and to remind the importance of music and artists, especially in this period.
 
Here you can find all th...

"Le Parole della Musica" (The words of music) is the new column of the Cremona Musica Web Festival, conceived to discover new stories and anecdotes on the world of music and of those who enliven it.
‘Le Parole della Musica’. When music becomes words to explain itself. To go beyond its sound. To involve more and more those who listen to it in its purest form. Words of composers. Words of musicians. Words of listeners. A common thread that connect...

“Cultural venues must be brought back to life, artists must be able to create again and to work together to reach audiences, even if, during this intermediary period, we're going to have to rethink a new sort of relationship with audiences”.
With these words, the French President Emmanuel Macron announced extra aid for the arts sector, battered by the Covid-19 crisis.
As part of the support measures, the French president called for a 12-month e...

Every Tuesday and Friday night, at 9 pm, a video-performance of a friend of Cremona's and Cremona Musica's, to let people enjoy good music from their own homes during the lockdown. Many of them have recently been among our guests. The videos - realized specifically for the Cremona Musica Web Festival - will be available on Cremona Musica's Facebook and Instagram pages.
 
The program
Tuesday 24 March: Richard and Mika Stoltzman, clarinet and ma...

The name of Cremona is so important in the history of music than when a century ago in the USA the new management of Gibson was looking for ideas to develop the company, they decided to introduce a new color named after the Italian city, renowned to be the City of Violins.
"Cremona" is today the name of one of the most common shades of these classic American guitars, played by musicians such as Paul McCartney, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, ...

The South Korean violinist Yuna Haa and the German Alexandra Weissbecker have been awarded joint-1st prize at the Rubinstein International Violin Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Due to the COVID-19, the jury (composed by Yuri Bondarev, Wonhee Bae and Daniel Garlitsky) awarded the prizes on the basis of the candidates’ application video performances.
3rd prize was awarded to Seonhye Song from South Korea.
Both 2020 1st prize winners will re...

Pro Cremona realized two videos with the violinist Lena Yokoyama performing in two symbolic places of Cremona, The Torrazzo (the bell tower of the Cathedral) and the Hospital of the city. A creative way to show the power of music in these difficult moments, but most of all a tribute to those that are suffering most and to those that are fighting to solve the crisis. This emotional series is titled "Auditions in Cremona".

 

 

Dr Maxton Pitcher is one of the many healthcare professionals fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, but he is also a skilled musician, as he showed in this occasion. 

With their protective gowns and masks on, the doctor and pianist performed an arrangement of the Schubert Ave Maria as their patient left the ward of the Northwick Park Hospital in London.

 
 

With its 147 years of history, Casa Musicale Sonzogno is a protagonist of music in Italy, having published many of the most important Italian composers, including Mascagni, Puccini, and also Sollima in our days. For almost a century, Sonzogno has been owned by the Ostali family.
This year Sonzogno will publish the winner of the Disklavier Composers Contest, the composition contest based on the technology of the Yamaha Disklavier pianos, organize...

"Music is a production activity, we produce well-being. Music is a therapy for society and will lead us to a better world". A great consideration by Ezio Bosso -winner of a Cremona Musica Award in 2019 - on the importance of music at this moment, interviewed during PropagandaLive, on La7tv.

 

How should a musician spend his lockdown? Making exercises! In this funny video Alessandro Carbonare, first clarinet of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and guest of Cremona Musica 2019, show us his routine with his clarinet.

 

Monique Poullot is a French bowmaker who gets her inspiration from the magic of the Alps and from the idea of helping musicians to spread beauty in the world. This September we will meet her at Cremona Musica 2020. We talked with her about the job and bows.
 

How did you decide to become a bow-maker?
I was married to a young bow maker. Watching his work, I could appreciate the precision of the construction of a bow. Being very clever, I asked ...

The Penzel family have been running their bow-making company for more than a century, in Germany. This autumn we will meet them again at Cremona Musica, where their new bows made from Corene will be presented. We talked with Matthias Penzel to know more about them.
 
What are the main features of your bows?
First of all, all our bows are made from genuine Pernambuco wood. Then, the Hill underslide frog we make in our high-quality bows. This pr...

The world of music is mourning one of the greatest contemporary composers and conductors, the Polish Krzysztof Penderecki, who passed away at the age of 86.
Penderecki was born in 1833 in Debica, in southern Poland, and was renowned for compositions such as Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. He also wrote the soundtracks of classic horror movies such as Kubrick's The Shining.
Penderecki had also been a guest of Cremona Musica, in 2015, when...