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The Magic Flute, one of Mozart's final works and one of the most renowned operas, is inspiring a new videogame, taking Mozart's magical story to a new audience.
Tha plot of the game, named The Flute, is inspired by the original Opera, and challenges players to take on the role of Prince Tamino and move through a series of combats and puzzles to rescue Princess Pamina.
The game, developed by Opus Ludus, is going to be available on mobile phones ...

The 7-year-old Japanese violinist Himari Yoshimura amazed the jury of the International Grumiaux Competition of Bruxelles, where she won playing Paganini's first concert.

 

“Music education empowers kids with two very important things – they are being creative by playing instruments and they are concentrating which will, one way or another, affect their further studies". Maxim Vengerov, world renowned violinst who was a protagonist of Cremona Musica 2018, where he held a masterclass and was awarded the "Cremona Musica Award", explained to Classic FM why studying music is good for kids.
“But what music offers us is ...

A very special exhibition is now open in Scottsdale, Arizona. Musical instruments always take with them the story of the musicians by whom they were played, but sometimes this story is really tragic, as the Holocaust was. 
Violins of Hope is an exhibition that collects 21 violins played by Jewish musician during the Holocaust. Through the story of these instruments, Violins of Hope tells the story of one of the darkest periods of history.
"Toda...

ON THIS DAY | Felix Mendelssohn‘s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 premiered on this day in 1845 – 174 years ago | The first performance was given by German violinist Ferdinand David, with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig – conducted by Niels Gade

Cremona Musica's visitors certainly know Kremer Pigmente, the German firm that produces pigments, varnishes, oils and other product to color instruments and much more. We interviewed David Kremer to find out more about this fascinating world and about how the color of your instruments is made.
 
What are the main features of a high-quality pigment?
First of all, the light fastness should be perfect. Then there should be a resistance in the bin...

The young cellist Michele Ballo Bertin is the winner of the second edition of the "Premio Biasin Musical Instruments", that took place in San Vito al Tagliamento (northern Italy). The contest was organized by Gewa Music, Corde Larsen, Archi Magazine and Cremona Musica, and is dedicated to string players aged 6 to 14 years old. Michele Ballo Bertin will now take part in the National Finals of the Gewa Young Contest, during Cremona Musica 2019.
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Nowadays is pretty common seeing people filming musicians in concert, in order to keep its memory, or to share it on social media. But what do musicians think about it? Violinchannel asked many important string players, and the answer is usually... "do not do it".
 
Some samples:
 
Itzhak Perlman: “I’m totally against it … there’s nothing I can do about it but not only is it not right, it doesn’t represent what is being heard in its true form...

BREAKING | 21-year-old Ayaka Uchio from Japan has today been awarded 1st prize in the Senior Category of the 2019 International Grumiaux Violin Competition – in Brussels, Belgium
21-year-old Ayaka Uchio from Japan has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Grumiaux International Competition for Young Violinists.

The famous bicycling pianist Davide Martello, aka Klavierkunst, has crashed his piano in San Francisco. Martello, world-renowned for having played in war zones and in front of the Bataclan after the 2015 attacks, was riding his bike towing his baby grand piano on the hilly road of the Californian city when he realized that the road was to step (17%) and he could not break.
"The first (hill) was okay – the pianist told SFgate - but the second one...

Have you found an old violin in the attic with the name of a great luthier on it? Well, but it does not mean it is authentic. The magazine The Strad published a guide with a series of advice to follow to understand if you really own a precious and authentic violin.
The first step is to bring it to your local luthier, to hear his opinion. If you need some legal documentation, as a certificate of authenticity, you can make some further steps. But ...

The Acoustic Guitar Village is happy to announce the return of its great masterclasses for the 2019 edition of Cremona Musica. This year the participants will have the opportunity to improve their guitar skills with two amazing teachers, such as Michelangelo “Micki” Piperno and Pierre Bensusan. The masterclass will take place during the three days of Cremona Musica 2019 (27-29 September) and are designed for all guitarists, from amateurs to profe...

In his new album, Hubert Rutkowski tries to reach an authentic Chopin sound not just with his own playing, but also using one of Chopin most iconic instruments: a Pleyel piano from 1847. The album is not just an opportunity to listen Chopin's music played on a piano produced in his era, but also to evalutate the evolution of piano throught the centuries.
 
The album includes:
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mazurka No. 2 in C Major, Op. 24
Étud...

Unfortunately, we don’t come with a manual. So here’s 25 things every classical musician needs to do today to feel better about themselves …
Unfortunately, they don’t come with a manual. So here’s 25 things every classical musician needs to do today to feel better about themselves ...