Salvatore Accardo, Ezio Bosso, Richard Stoltzman, Paco Peña and many more at Cremona Musica 2019: the preview

Salvatore Accardo, Ezio Bosso, Richard Stoltzman and Paco Peña are just a few of the dozens of artists that will be at Cremona Musica 2019, the most important fair in the world for high-quality musical instruments (27-29 September).


CREMONA (ITALY), 2 July 2019 - With less than three months left before the beginning of Cremona Musica 2019 (27-29 September) the presence of many great names of International music has already been confirmed.

Also in 2019, Cremona Musica, the most important fair for high-quality instruments in the world, is hosting in its exhibition area a true International festival, with more than 100 events. The business and the artistic sides of music walk side by side at Cremona Musica, an event that attracts a broad and varied audience to the City of Violins, becoming an unmissable meeting point for all music lovers. Cremona Musica is where new ideas and projects are born, and people experience music in all its facets.



This year’s novelties start at Mondomusica, the area devoted to strings, where the legendary Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo will collect the Cremona Musica Award for the category “performance - strings” and will meet the audience and press in a dedicated event.

The Cremona Musica Award in the category “project” is again devoted to violins. The winner is the Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein, for his “Violins of hope”, the touching exhibition of strings that belonged to the victims of the Holocaust, also coming from concentration camps. A project that powerfully shows the force of music. The Violins of Hope will be played in concert at Cremona Musica by the Turkish violinist Cihat Askin.

The list of the protagonists of Mondomusica goes on with Elsa Martignoni, Massimo Quarta, the Orchestra Monteverdi of Cremona, the cellists Richard Aaron (Juilliard School) and Luciano Tarantino, and many more that will be announced soon. Cremona Musica is also hosting, as usual, the final of the Gewa Young Contest, the competition for the new very young talents of strings.



Many names for the Piano Experience have already been confirmed: Maurizio Baglini, Ramin Bahrami, Jed Distler, Inna Faliks, Ivan Krpan, Alessandro Marangoni, Risto-Matti Marin, Roland Pöntinen, Andrea Rebaudengo, Eliane Reyes, Igor Roma, Konstantin Scherbakov, Gwilym Simcock, and Ingolf Wunder are just some of the great pianists that will perform in recitals and events dedicated to the 88 keys.

The Yamaha and Böesendorfer room is also hosting the final stage of the Disklavier Composers Contest, the composition competition for Disklavier, the Yamaha piano that plays by itself. The event, organized by Cremona Musica and Yamaha Music Europe – Branch Italy, will culminate with the execution of the best works and the announcement of the winner, chosen by the jury composed of Paolo Buonvino, Carlo Boccadoro, Stuart Isacoff, Gwilym Simcock and Fabio Vacchi.



The clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is the special guest of Cremona Winds. The American musician will perform with his marimbist wife Mika Stoltzman, will give a masterclass and will receive a Cremona Musica Award in the category “performance – winds”, for the historical importance of his career. Stoltzman was the first classical clarinetist to perform in legendary theaters such as

Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has also been an experimenter and a mentor for many young musicians. Cremona Musica will also host the clarinetists Alessandro Carbonare, with his Clarinet Trio (with Luca Cipriano and Perla Cormani), Tommaso Lonquich and Pietro Tagliaferri, the flutists Mario Caroli, Irena Kavcic, Massimo Mercelli and Mario Notaristefano, the saxophonists Mattia Cigalini and Mirko Guerrini, the oboist Paolo Grazia and the bassoonist Andrea Bressan.



 Much live music will animate the Acoustic Guitar Village, that is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a concert that is culminating with performances by Jeff Pevar, David Crosby’s guitarist, Jackie Perkins, Inger Nova Jorgensen and many more. The organization has confirmed some historical events such as the Italian Bluegrass Meeting, with special guests Paul Stowe & Trevor Morriss, and Corde e Voci d’Autore, a show of guitarists-songwriters, which this year also features Davide Van De Sfroos.

Special attention will be dedicated to the flamenco tradition, with the legendary guitarist Paco Peña, who will receive a Cremona Musica Award in the category “Performance – Guitar”. The programme will be completed by historical exhibitions, masterclasses, and special events such as New Sounds of Acoustic Music and the Bob Brozman Memorial Slide Contest.



The second edition of the Accordion Show will gather many great masters of this instrument, very typical of the Italian tradition. Among the most interesting events there are a celebration of the Museum of Accordion of Stradella and an event dedicated to Ennio Morricone, curated by Diego Trivellini.


Dissemination and music business

Ezio Bosso will receive a Cremona Musica Award for the category “communication”, and will present the project “Che storia è la musica”, together with the producer and co-author of the show, Angelo Bozzolini, the director of Rai3, Stefano Coletta, and the member of the RAI board, Beatrice Coletti. Conductor and composer, Bosso with his passion and charisma suceeded in bringing classical music to prime time, like with his programme “Che storia è la musica”, appreciated by both critique and audience.

Two important conferences dedicated to today’s musical system have been announced: the Round Table “Best Practices and Innovations in Live Music Organization”, with many prominent artistic directors and superintendents of important European orchestras and festivals, and

 “The future of musical education for professionals”, with representatives from International Universities and Academies. Pier Calderan in his Digital Space will talk about the best technologies for musicians.


The programme is completed by the many events organized by the exhibitors, such as the presentation of the method “Muisic Move for Piano” and the book “Fisco amico per musicisti e artisti”, published by Curci; the presentation of the book “Violin in action” by Volontè & Co and the certification ceremony of the courses of the Trinity College of London.

The 2018 edition of Cremona Musica hosted 320 exhibitors (more than half from abroad) and more than 160 events, for a complete programme that attracted more than 18,000 visitors to the City of Violins. Cremona Musica is organized in five halls: Mondomusica (strings), Piano Experience, Acoustic Guitar Village, Cremona Winds, Accordion Show.

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