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by Salvatore Sclafani
Since 1946, the family-run company Pigini, founded in Castelfidardo (AN), has been building accordions with skill and passion. All over the world, a Pigini instrument is a guarantee of reliability and quality in classical performance and versatility in other musical genres.
We asked Francesca Pigini, the company's marketing and creative development manager, which accordions Pigini will exhibit at Cremona Musica 2022, but a...

For those looking for the best raw material for lutherie, Ciresa is a safe haven. For decades the Ciresa family has been working in the production of boards, ideal for luthiers who intend to manufacture string instruments, classical and acoustic guitars, lutes, mandolins, ukuleles and ancient instruments, but also for producers of pianos and harpsichords in search of the best soundboards. To find out their secrets, we interviewed Piera Ciresa.
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by Viola D'Ambrosio
In 2022 the Cremonese luthier Stefano Trabucchi, a regular guest at Cremona Musica, is celebrating his 30th year of business. For this special occasion, he is working on a particular instrument, devoted to Italy. While waiting to meet him at Cremona Musica, we talked with him to know something more about his work.
 
You started studying violin at the age of 8: does this knowledge of the instrument influence your approach to...

by Salvatore Sclafani
 
Ciresa certainly occupies a prominent place among the most loyal exhibitors at Cremona Musica, with its high-quality wood from Fiemme Valley. Also this year, the company will be present at the fair with a wide range of products, after having presented the upright and grand piano models of the Resonance Piano during the 2019 and 2021 editions.
We, therefore, interviewed Fabio Ognibeni to learn about the latest developmen...

A 1679 violin made by Antonio Stradivari is headed for auction next month, where it is expected to reach a price over $10 million.
The "Hellier" Stradivarius "is the finest inlaid violin ever made by... Stradivari and one of the finest Stradivarius instruments in existence," said auction house Christie's.
What makes the violin really special is its decoration. The Hellier Stradivarius is engraved with ivory diamonds and finished with a golden v...

The luthier Tim Duerinck produced in his Atelier Vlascello an original cello made with flax. The project was hosted by Texture,  a flax & river lys Museum in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Flax was considered a good material for this experiment because of it is "strong, light and stable", explains Duerinck. The right material for a durable and unique instrument, created respecting the environment and in an eco-friendly way.
In the video produced by Texture...

Who taught Antonio Stradivari the art of violin making? Born in Cremona, between the end of 1643 and 1649, he is universally recognized as one of the greatest luthiers of all time, known for making strings of extraordinary workmanship such as violins, violas, cellos, guitars, and harps. Yet there are no written documents or certain proofs that attest to the training path that led him to such skill.
The results of the dendrochronological research...

The Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein was honoured this spring with an important recognition, becoming Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur). Weinstein has devoted his life to the collection and restoration of strings belonging to the victims of the Holocaust, organizing exhibitions and concerts all around the world. The project is named "Violins of Hope".
Amnon Weinstein was also a guest of Cremona Musica in 2019 when ...

The third edition of PianoLink International Amateurs Competition was presented today with an online press conference by PianoLink Association, in cooperation with Yamaha Music Europe branch Italy and Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and Festival. The international competition is exclusively dedicated to all piano lovers and amateurs and is artistically directed by Roberto Prosseda and Andrea Vizzini. Among the Jury members: O...

In recent days, the decision of the organization of the Lipizer International Prize of Gorizia to exclude a Russian violinist from the 41st edition of the competition has created a debate in the Italian press.
The complaint comes from the person concerned, Lidia Kochariàn, from St. Petersburg, but is a resident in Brussels. The violinist wrote on Facebook: "Wonderful! I was informed of my exclusion.
«No discrimination» at all…".
She refers to th...

In the new issue of Rondo Classic, the Finnish journalist Matti Tuomisto wrote a long article about Tonebase, realized during Cremona Musica 2021. This is just one of the many stories about Cremona Musica and his exhibitors that can be found in the International Press, thanks to our International Media Lounge, formed by numerous specialized journalists coming from all around the world to interview the protagonists of Cremona Musica.
 

 

 
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Four cellists amazed music aficionados with an impressive performance: playing Ravel's Bolero on the same cello, at the same time.
Important snare drum duties are taken by one player, who bows below the bridge. Pizzicato, fingering and bowing responsibilities are shared by others.
The performance was realized by four of the six members of the Wiener Cello Ensemble 5+1, an ensemble formed by cellists from the Vienna Philharmonic (Sebastian Bru, ...

Waiting for the program for next 23, 24 and 25 September, here are some anticipation from the world of the guitar, represented in the Acoustic Guitar Village, which again this year will present the large exhibition area of ​​acoustic, classical, and modern guitars, with the presence of further plectrum and plucked instruments, accessories and a rich calendar of concerts, events and three important masterclasses. The masterclasses will deal with g...

It is a particular balance of timbre that makes the Stradivarius unique instruments. This particular feature was brought into focus by a multidisciplinary team coordinated by the CNR who conducted an experiment in which 70 luthiers were involved to evaluate the sonic qualities of four violins, including a Stradivarius.
The results, published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, suggest that what makes the Stradivarius the preferr...

A violin crafted by Ukrainian luthier Oleksandr Smykovskyi will be auctioned to raise funds in favor of the luthier himself, who is currently displaced after the devastation of his city, Mariupol.
During the war, the city in the south of Ukraine has been devasted, along with the home of the workshop of the luthier.
The violin is currently owned by American violinist Gary Sinderovsky, based in Philadelphia. Sinderovksy has volunteered to put the...