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In the 2018 edition Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and Festival, the most important Fair for top-range musical instruments, will launch several new projects, starting from some increasingly high-quality events.
In the edition taking place between 28 and 30 September 2018, Cremona Musica will combine the usual presence of hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of musical products with the organization of a true music festival, which will ...

In its latest issue Gramophone published a list of the most interesting apps for musicians, from streaming to score-reading.
Besides the streaming services covering all genres, such as Spotify or Apple Music, the magazine recommends two specific classical music apps: Idagio and Primephonic. One of the most interesting features of Idagio is a “mood wheel”, that enables the user to select the kind of music he wants to listen to.
The magazine also...

Traditional Chinese music has ancient roots. Some of these instruments, including the zither-like guzheng and the lute-like pipa, have been around for over 2,000 years. Learn a little more about their modern-day incarnations.

Alessio Ambrosi is the artistic coordinator for the Acoustic Guitar Village at Cremona Musica. Here he talks about the Acoustic Guitar Village, offering a very interesting view of the guitar world, from an insider’s point of view.
What is the Acoustic Guitar Village in Cremona Musica?
The Acoustic Guitar Village was formerly held in the Firmafede Fortress in Sarzana, where it had grown and consolidated. It then needed greater international expos...

This inventive mashup from violinist Charlie Siem will have you longing to hear Romantic concertos late into the night.

A new documentary about the Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman, “Itzhak”, is set to be released next month.
The movie, directed by Alison Chernick, is not just a biography of the world-renowned violinist, but it is more like an “impressionist portrait”; for this reason, some critics believe it will be appreciated more by Perlman’s fans than by those who are looking for further information about his life.

In any case, the documentary coll...

Yamaha has released a video showing the famous dancer Kaiji Moriyama accompanied by a piano that translated his movement into music, thanks to AI and the Yamaha Disklavier Enspire piano.
The performance was held in Tokyo, at the end of November, in an event entitled "Mai Hi Ten Yu", that was organized with the cooperation of the Tokyo University of Arts in order to present this new astonishing technology.
Using a system based on four kinds of s...

Cremona Musica has always looked to International markets in order to enhance its offer and maintain the high standard of the event, whose next edition is taking place between 28 and 30 of September 2018.
For this reason last week a delegation of Cremona Musica went to Spain, a country with a great tradition of guitar makers, to meet two associations that encompass some of the most important local luthiers: AELAP (Asociación Española de Luthiers...

200.000 Italian songs released between 1900 and 2000 are now online for free, together with one hundred thematic playlists and further information in eight different languages. An “encyclopedia” dedicated to all enthusiasts of Italian music, who will be able to find their favorite songs and artists. The new website canzoneitaliana.it was created to promote this vital part of Italian culture. It is a precious resource especially for those looking ...

Twenty violins were turned into new artworks by Daniele Dondè in his latest exhibition, as the Italian artist covered the instruments made-in-Cremona with gold and precious stones.
The exhibition, named “Violini e l’arte Stradivari Rock”, is hosted by the Hotel Royal, in Sanremo, between 8 and 11 February, at the same time as the most important Festival of Italian Music.
Dondè, better known for his imitations of famous paintings, realized this ...

The great British cellist Steven Isserlis published a very personal and involving post on his Facebook page, addressed to young musicians, talking about career and how to build a successful and happy life: “everybody will suffer setbacks at some time or another in their career; and sometimes it’s the best thing that can happen to them.”
 
Don’t get discouraged!
by Steven Isserlis

Well, the difficult time of year has come and gone again – the...

Daniel Barenboim will star in “Max & Maestro”, a new International animated TV series created to make kids interested in classical music.
The plot deals with Max, a young boy who, while looking for his ball, casually meets Maestro and hears him playing piano. From then Max dreams of becoming a pianist, and Maestro, who looks like Barenboim, will help him.
Maestro Daniel Barenboim said: “This is an important project for me, because it gives kids...

On the 16th of January “SIAE monopoly definitively collapsed,” said Davide D’Atri, CEO and co-funder of the London based copyright management startup Soundreef. Soundreef can finally legally work in Italy, after the deal they has reached with the nonprofit organization LEA (Free Publisher Authors). The British startup had been fighting SIAE monopoly on copyright since 2015, putting the spotlight on this delicate situation thanks to the support fr...

Well, with deeper bass, but it can handle also the softer notes, according to those who had a chance to play it. The 6-meter-long piano was built by the New Zelander piano builder Adrian Mann, 28, as a “gigantic experiment”, as he said, but the outcome is more interesting than expected. “With this piano, there is an extra level of depth and resonance again because the piano wires are more than 20ft long,” Mann explained to the Guardian.
“There w...

It might be a revolutionary idea for the world of music: a piano that enable musicians to alter the tuning while playing.
Its name is Fluid Piano and it was invented in 2009 by the British composer Geoffrey Smith. The instrument looks like a typical acoustic piano, but has a system of sliders that enable pianists both to alter each note individually and separately by precise Microtonal intervals per note and to radically change the tuning.
The ...