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A regular guest of Cremona Musica since the beginning, luthier for more than 30 years, teacher: this is Massimo Negroni. We interviewed him to know more about his work, about the changes in the world of lutherie and to have some advice for young luthiers.
 
Mr. Negroni, which is the point of strength of your instruments?
For sure the selection of the raw materials, with their aging, and varnish, two elements that are fundamental to craft good ...

The story of a legend of lutherie such as John Monteleone should pass from Cremona. Monteleone, one of the best luthiers for guitars (specialized in archtops and mandolins), is realizing a documentary dedicated to his passion. A movie that will be released next years, with interviews to guitar heroes like Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, that is passing also from Cremona.
Some scenes have been filmed at the Museum of Violin of Cremona on 18 June....

For more than 20 years the luthiers Paolo Sorgentone and Michele Mecatti have been working together in their workshop, in Florence. Here they developed their own personal style, also trying to promote the Tuscan lutherie. This year they will again be at Cremona Musica, to show the outcome of their work. We interviewed them.
 
How did you meet and how did you start your business?
We met at the School of Lutherie of Cremona, then we followed dif...

“Violins of Hope”, the exhibition that tells the story of the Holocaust through the authentic violins played by the victims, arrives in Italy, at Cremona Musica. From 27 to 29 September the “City of violins” is hosting a selection of instruments played during and before the Nazi persecution of Jews, also during their detention in the concentration camps. On September 28 these same instruments will be played in concert by the Turkish violinist Cih...

Two days ago the cellist Yo.Yo Ma gave an inspiring commencement address at Dartmouth. We selected the core of his speech. You can find the entire video at the bottom, with Mr. Ma playing.
 
"You will be powerful. And when you are, do not abuse your power. Ever. [...] In my own lifetime, I’ve seen too many people make decisions that put themselves before their community, before society, before the health of our planet. I’ve seen too many people...

The Strad gathered seven precious tips about motivating yourself to practice, from seven top violinists.
 
1. Put yourself in the composer’s shoes.
Nicola Benedetti, May 2019
 
2. Choose repertoire you love.
Leila Josefowicz, April 2019
 
3. Be patient.
Hilary Hahn, May 2017
 
4. Stay focused on what you want.
James Ehnes, August 2014
  
5. Divide up your practice time.
Sarah Chang, March 2015
 
6. Plan your practice according to...

Precision in music is really important, especially when you produce the mechanical elements that give your instruments the right tuning. This is the job of Thomas Rubner GmbH, the German brand specialized in tuning machines and pegs. Looking forward to meeting them at Cremona Musica 2019, we interviewed their commercial director Jeffrey Meinel to find out more about their work and their new products.
 
Which are the main features a high-quality...

The world-renowned pianist Lang Lang married his long-term girlfriend Gina Alice Redlinger, a famous and talented pianist herself. The couple married in Versailles, with a private cerimony, during which they performed together. Despite Lang Lang almost never talks about his private life, he posted the pictures of his wedding on his Weibo account.

 

The new Netflix movie about two cello players is provoking some strong reactions in the viewer. The movie, released at the end of May, is an horror, dealing with the relationship between two cellists, Charlotte (played by Allison Williams) and Lizzie (Logan Browning) that met during a trip to China. The movie was generally appreciated by the audience for its thrilling atmosphere, as the website Rotten Tomatoes rated it with a 78%. Anyway many peo...

BBC released an interesting podcast about the story of the violin teacher Tito Quiroz and Arturo, a prisoner that changed his life thanks to violin lessons in prison. The story began when Tito saw a man waving from the window of the prison, and waved back. This happened almost every day. He did not know it was a juvenile prison and that the guy waving was Arturo, and he had been convicted for having helped his uncle hiding a dead body. Soon, Tito...

In an era where streaming is the favorite way of listening to music, the fans of classical music are keeping CDs on top of popularity, according to research conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The study is based on music consumption in the UK, where CD is still the favorite way of enjoying music for 43% of listeners, before streaming (39%).
Anyway, when we ask classical music lovers about their favorite format, CDs grow to 53%.
The ...

Yesterday the President of the USA Donald Trump gave a viola to the new Emperor of Japan Naruhito, a viola player, who performed in orchestra many times.
The instrument was made by Ivan W. Allison of Charleston, West Virginia, in 1938. This is what the owner of the shop that sold the viola, Little Rock in Arkansas, wrote Slipper Disc:
On April 30th I heard a news story that Japan’s Emperor Akihito was stepping down and that his son, Naruhito, w...

Classic FM published on its website a list of the 15 best cellists ever. Let's see who they have included. Do you agree with them?

 

Luigi Boccherini

Pablo Casals

Pierre Fournier

Natalia Gutman

Steven Isserlis

Julian Lloyd Webber

Yo-Yo Ma

Mischa Maisky

David Popper

Jacqueline du Pré

Mstislav Rostropovich

Heinrich Schiff

János Starker

Paul Tortelier

Alisa Weilerstein

 

 

Working with professional pianists and experienced piano students, Dr Maria Herrojo Ruiz and colleagues found that the brain receives crucial information from the heart before an error in playing occurs.
This information helps the brain predict the occurrence of an upcoming error and adapt behaviour accordingly.
For pitch errors, the researchers found that the heart’s inter-beat interval immediately preceding an error was larger than the previo...

In classical physics sound is a perturbation spreading in a material, but a new theory is challenging this assumption. Two Italian physicists, Alberto Nicolis and Nicola Penco, from Columbia University, are trying to demonstrate that sound has a mass. To verify this theory the scientists might be forced to measure the waves generated by earthquakes, that produce a particularly high mass. Discovering that sound and music have a mass would be a rea...