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This Sunday AIARP, the association of Italian piano tuners and repairers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The celebration will go on during Cremona Musica, where AIARP is a special guest, being among the organizers of Piano Experience. To find out more, we interviewed Luciano Del Rio, AIARP’s president since 1995.
 
How was AIARP born?
AIARP was born in Bolzano on 16 May 1969. In 1965 Mr Hans Pollmann, a piano technician, went to Berlin f...

This year, for the first time, a representative of Romanian luthiers is taking part in Cremona Musica, bringing a wide range of instruments made with Carpathian woods. They are represented by AALR, the association that promotes the local violinmakers. To find out something more before meeting them at Cremona, we talked with them about their violinmaking tradition and about Reghin, the Romanian “City of violins”.
 
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Scrollavezza eZanrè is a really special workshop in Parma, run by Elisa Scrolavezza and Andrea Zanrè. Their master (and Elisa’s father), Renato Scrollavezza, is the luthier that reopened the courses of the School of Lutherie of Parma. They are a regular guest of Cremona Musica, where they bring their new instruments, their old precious strings, and their philosophy. We talked with Andrea Zanrè to discover something more about them.
 
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During the launch of the new season of the Oper Frankfurt, the director Bernd Loebe complained about the pay of their musicians.

Some of them, he said, were forced to apply for social benefits, or to consider migration to help their families.

Germany's financial center should do more to sustain music and musicians, he said.

 

The Kuss Quartet, based in Germany, is the lucky recipient of a short-term loan of four strings made by Stradivari and once owned by Paganini.
The quartet will play them in a complete Beethoven quartet cycle performed across five concerts, next month in Tokyo.
The four strings, that were not originally made to be a quartet, are the 1727 ‘Comte Cozio di Salabue’ and 1680 ‘Desaint’ violins; the ‘Mendelssohn’ viola of 1731, and the 1736 ‘Ladenburg’...

The first Italian masterclass by Pierre Bensusan, historical exhibitions and much live music featuring  Jeff Pevar, Paul Stowe, Trevor Morris and many more Italian and International guests. The preview of the programme of the hall of Cremona Musica devoted to guitars.
For three days Cremona will not just be the “City of violins”, but also a land of guitars, thanks to the fourth edition of the Acoustic Guitar Village. Jeff Pevar, Pierre Bensusan,...

Ciresa is one of the most renowned producers of wood for lutherie. Its products are used by the best International luthiers and piano producers, but in recent times they have been trying to go further, with their Opere Sonore and then with the Resonance Piano (you will be able to try it at Cremona Musica 2019). They also launched a crowdfunding to save the wood they use, the Fiemme Spruce, the same one as used by the greatest luthiers in history,...

Naruhito, who is the new Japanese Emperor since the 1st of May 2019, is also a great music lover and a musician himself.

In fact, Naruhito plays the viola, as he demonstrated in many public concerts, where he played in an orchestra.

Also his parents are musicians: the former Emperor Akihito plays piano, while the former Emperarice Michiko plays the cello.

Naruhito became Emperor after the abdication of his father Akihito.

 

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A Guadagnini violin performed by Joshua Bell during his teenage years will be sold at auction on 16 May. The violin was owned by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. All proceeds will go towards the students and music department. The Indiana University loaned the precious instrument to many of his students through the years, including a young Joshua Bell: "I was unable to afford a great violin at that time, but thankfully Indiana Univer...

Happy Birthday Maestro Mehta!
The Music Director is 83 year-old today, as he is born in Bombay on 29 April 1936.
In his career he served as conductor of the Montreal Symphony, LA Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera – and is currently the Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic and the Conductor Emeritus of the LA Philharmonic. Since 1985, he has also been chief conductor of the Maggio Musicale ...

We definitely could not miss this year's ESTA Conference, the Congress of the European String Teachers Association ESTA, taking place in our Cremona.
Cremona Musica is everywhere there are opportunities to develop music, and this event hosts an inspiring series of workshops, lectures, demonstrations and concerts.
Professional development lies at the heart of the European String Teachers Association and each year the conference draws together a ...

The 36-year-old American composer Ellen Reid has been awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music, for her new opera: p r i s m.
The opera deals with a woman’s psychological trauma from sexual assault, and was premiered in November by the Los Angeles Opera.
The jury decided to give the prize to Reid because “this bold new operatic work uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter”.
The co...

Following the acquisition of Rhinegold Publishing, the Mark Allen Group (MAG) is relaunching four important music titles, with some great novelties.
 
Classical Music – Making a future in the profession.
Opera Now – The opera lover’s indispensable guide. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the magazine, it has been relaunched with a stylish new layout full of lavish illustrations in a larger, more vibrant format.
International Piano – Expert...