“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 Cihat Askin.
Cremona Musica will also host Amnon Weinstein, the conceiver and founder of “Violins of Hope”, who will receive the Cremona Musica Award for the best project. The Cremona Musica Awards are the recognition set up by CremonaFiere to award the protagonists of International music that give a special contribution to the spread of the values linked to great music. The awards are given each year in Cremona, during Cremona Musica.
The project “Violins of Hope” recounts not just the history at large, but also the individual stories of the victims of the Holocaust, through the lens of music and violins. In this way, the audience is able to understand the horror of those years, reflecting on the single stories, but also on the value of music and musical instruments for men, especially in a tragic era like that.
The instruments were collected and restored by Amnon Weinstein himself, who is an Israeli luthier graduated at the School of Lutherie of Cremona. “Violins of Hope” has traveled all around the world in these years: the violins have been exhibited and played in many cities of the United States of America, but also in Europe.
During his visit to Cremona Musica, Amnon Weinstein will be the protagonist of a second exhibition, dedicated to the School of Lutherie of Cremona, with the instruments made by Weinstein himself and by the luthiers that studied with him. Cremona Musica is always looking for new collaborations and connections with the other musical institutions of the city, that give Cremona a unique appeal for all music lovers.