Cremona Musica 2018 is opening on 28 September: events, data, and novelties of the upcoming edition

Between 28 and 30 September, the Cremona Exhibition Center will host Cremona Musica, the most important fair in the world for high-quality instruments. As usual, Cremona Musica combines a very rich exhibition area with a programme full of live events, bringing to Stradivari’s birthtown the best Italian and international musical instruments producers and many world-renowned artists.

One of the most important novelties of this edition is the inauguration of a new hall, the Accordion Show, devoted to accordions, a pearl of the Italian musical craftmanship. The Accordion Show is joining the four halls that have characterized the latest editions of Cremona Musica: Mondomusica (strings), Piano Experience (acoustic pianos), Cremona Winds (winds), and the Acoustic Guitar Village (guitars).

An area of the Fair will also be dedicated to the performing arts, with exhibitors such as schools, publishers, labels, and theaters.

This edition relies on a rich programme of events, with concerts, masterclasses, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions that make Cremona Musica not just an unmissable event for insiders, but a great music festival designed for everyone, from professional to amateur musicians, from traders to all music lovers. Once again, Cremona Musica confirms its wide exhibition area, that this year is hosting 320 producers from all around the world.

One of the most awaited guests is without any doubt Maxim Vengerov, violinist, violist, and conductor considered one of the greatest living musicians, who will be the protagonist of a masterclass with two promising Italian violinists. Also performing at Mondomusica are Marat Marat Bisengaliev, presenting two innovative technological tools for musicians, Yulia Berinskaya, Luca Fanfoni, Rodrigo D’Erasmo, the Duo Baldo, I Musici di Parma, Galimathias, and the String Orchestra of the Associazione musicale e culturale di Farra d’Isonzo. On 29 September the students and the teachers of the Istituto Monteverdi will be the protagonists of a series of events dedicated to the Cremona conservatory.

Live music will also be the protagonist of the Piano Experience, as the most important brands will host in their rooms many world-renowned pianists, such as Leonora Armellini, Vovka Ashkenazy, Gile Bae, Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Giovanni Bellucci, Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Boris Berman, Costantino Catena, Fernanda Damiano, Roberta Di Mario, Filippo Gamba, Massimiliano Genot, Louis Lortie, Jura Margulis, Alberto Nosè, Luca Rasca, Riccardo Risaliti, Alvaro Siviero, Gaia Sokoli, The Pianos Trio, Axel Trolese, Mariangela Vacatello, George Vatchnadze and Irene Veneziano. The programme is enriched by the Yamaha Silent Wifi Concert, the suggestive concert in Piazza del Comune, with Silent piano and violin, audible only with the specific headphones provided to the audience (Andrea Vizzini and Isabel Gallego are performing). Among the most interesting events there are also the exhibition Italian Piano Experience, with historical keyboard instruments, and Mysterium, a multisensorial show with music, lights, and perfumes, curated by Antonio Artese.

Cremona Winds is hosting a series of events devoted to SMIMs (Musical Junior High Schools) and bands, an important subject of the Italian musical tradition. 28 September will be the SMIM day, with seminars and masterclasses designed for both students and teachers. On 29 and 30 September, the spotlight will be on the Band Stage, where twelve of the best bands will perform live. There will also be the usual list of Italian and international artists, protagonists of both concerts and masterclasses: Cremona Winds is hosting the clarinetists Milan Rericha and Piero Vincenti, the flutists Adriana Ferreira, Jean-Claude Gérard, Francesco Loi and Raffaele Trevisani (with the pianist Paola Girardi), and the hornist Nilo Caracristi.

The Acoustic Guitar Village is hosting the sixth edition of the Italian Bluegrass Meeting, with more than 70 musicians involved, including the special guest John Jorgenson (who will also be the protagonist of the masterclasses, together with Micky Piperno, Clive Carroll, Bryan Galloup and Charles Fox). On 30 September visitors will enjoy further live music with Corde & Voci d’Autore, a show of guitarists-songwriters, with many emerging artists in the morning and famous artists in the afternoon (the wonder of the Festival di Sanremo Mirkoeilcane, Luigi “Grechi” De Gregori, Andrea Rivera, Marco Pandolfi, and Andrea Tanquini Trio. The Acoustic Guitar Village is also hosting a series of events to pay homage to the historical German guitar-making company Hauser, with conferences, exhibitions, and concerts. On 29 September evening, the Japanese virtuoso Kazuhito Yamashita is also giving a concert at the Civic Museum, paying homage to the composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

The Accordion Show makes its debut with exhibitions of instruments coming from the two main Italian and international poles of accordions: Stradella and Castelfidardo. The programme also includes conferences, book presentations, masterclasses, and concerts, with Gianluca Campi, Tiziano Chiapelli, Duo Encuentro, Alessandro Fortarel, Gaetano Galbato, Francesca Gallo, Walter Losi, Mauro Manicardi, Claudio Mattioli, Lorenzo Munari, Roberto Rossi, Riccardo Tesi, and Luca Zanetti.

Excellent artists will also receive the Cremona Musica Award, a prize that in the latest years was given to legendary names of music. In 2018 the awards go to Valery Gergiev (Category Performance – conducting), Maxim Vengerov (Category Performance - strings), Giya Kancheli (Category Composition), Hermann Hauser III (Category Guitar Lutherie), Alessandro Baricco (Category Communication), and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Category Project).

During the three days, there will also be many book presentations (with Boris Berman, Sandro Cappelletto, Syusy Blady, Danilo Rossi, Mario Brunello and many more), workshops, conferences, including the Digital Space, the area Cremona Musica dedicates to the latest technologies for musicians.

The Fair will be preceded by a concert at the Museum of Violin, on 27 September, organized in collaboration with Czech Trade, with Alvaro Siviero, Marat Bisengaliev, and Edoardo Catemario performing with instruments made by the most important Czech producers.

A rich programme, that confirms the vocation of Cremona Musica to be not just a fair with no equal in the world, but a real meeting point for all music lovers: at Cremona Musica you can listen, touch, read, and live music.


Cremona Musica in numbers:

Exhibitors                         320
From abroad                      52%
Products exhibited             more than 5000
Events                              more than 160
Artists involved                 400