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Here are the first previews of the new edition of the Acoustic Guitar Village of Cremona Musica 2021, which promises to be even more particular and varied, combining the exhibition in person with the new digital methods and the concerts in the historic center of the city, that were really appreciated during last year's Special Edition.
A journey increasingly in line with the idea of ​​"Festival", an event capable of involving exhibitors and the ...

"Exciting News! The absolutely best violin I have ever seen. made by Antonio Stradivari in 1734, ex Lord Amherts of Hackney, Ex Fritz Kreisler". Words by Yamen Saadi, violinist to whom a masterpiece of Cremonese violin making, the Stradivari 1734 'Lord Amherst of Hackney', was loaned for the next few years.
An instrument that in the mid-1900s was also played by one of the greatest violists of his era, the American Fritz Kreisler. "Kreisler is my...

A new study revealed how Antonio Stradivari and other Cremonese luthiers treated the wood used in their instruments. The research led by Hwan-Ching Tai, an international team of scientists, discovered traces of chemical elements in the spruce tonewood used to make the instrument fronts. The treatment might also have changed the wood’s molecular structure.
The study was realized using samples of wood taken during restoration works from instrument...

Violinist Lena Yokoyama surprised the improvised audience of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan by playing a Stradivari Lam violin - ex Scotland University 1734, an instrument preserved at the Museum of Violin. A crowd of people stopped to admire the sound of one of the most important stringed instruments in the world, made by the absolute master of lutherie.
An announced flash mob, designed by the Violin Museum and local institutions, w...

If it is not a record, we are very close: music teacher Estelle Jackson has risen to the headlines in the UK for having attempted - and passed - nine music exams in nine different instruments on the same day, indeed, in just four hours.
The exams included Initial Grade Trumpet, Grade 1 Classical Guitar, Grade 2 Trombone, Grade 3 Cello, Grade 4 Xylophone, Grade 5 Singing, Grade 6 Bassoon, Grade 7 Piano and Grade 8 Soprano Saxophone.
Ms Jackson, ...

The second bandoneon belonged to Astor Piazzolla will be exhibited at Cremona Musica 2021, from 24 to 26 September. It is an instrument with a century of history, created in the same year of the birth of the legendary Argentine musician and belonged to him during his first steps in music.
A presence made possible by the Astor Piazzolla Academy of Music in Paola (CS). First academy in the world dedicated to Astor Piazzolla, it cooperates with the...

Cremona is enriched with music, with the arrival of the Stauffer Center for Strings, the first international music center entirely dedicated to stringed instruments, as well as the new home of the Stauffer Academy, which will be inaugurated on October 1st. A novelty that will bring world-renowned artists and ensembles, universities, and musical institutions among the most prestigious in the world, exceptional partner organizations to the city of ...

This year, Cremona Musica's Acoustic Guitar Village (24-26 September) is devoting a special place for mandolins, with many events dedicated to one of the most iconic Italian musical instruments.
The event will focus on its long history and evolution over time, the lutherie tradition and construction methods, the playing techniques, interpretation, and repertoire.
For the first time, the most representative exponents of the national and internat...

Cremona today hosted a delegation from Etifor (a spin-off of the University of Padua) to study the best practices related to music tourism. The city of the violin was taken as an example of a place capable of attracting tourism with itineraries and experiences related to music, from shows to museums, as well as the Cremona Musica fair, which every year attracts thousands of professionals and enthusiasts.

The delegation, led by Alessandro Tommasi...

The Cremonese lutherie arrives in South Korea for a traveling exhibition organized by the Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari.
The Consorzio brought the hand-made instruments from the violin city's master luthiers to five locations over a month and a half. First stop Seoul (May 22-25), and then Kwangju, Jeju, Daegu, and finally Busan (July 7-9).
A great opportunity to make the Cremonese masterpieces even more known in a country that historicall...

Predicting the sound produced by a piece of wood and the precautions to be taken to make it sound at its best is the worry of every luthier. According to the Politecnico di Milano, however, all this is possible thanks to artificial intelligence.

Researchers from the Musical Acoustics Lab of the Politecnico di Milano have recently published their study in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. The Chilean physicist and luthier Sebastian Gonzalez ...

The city of Cremona, founded on 31 May 218 BC by the Romans, turns today 2239 year old. In fact, the city was founded as a Roman camp on the river Po, built when it became known that Hannibal was advancing from Spain towards Italy. It was then founded under the consulate of Tiberius Sempronius and Publius Cornelius, as reported by Tacitus.
Tacitus himself testifies about the prosperity of the city of Cremona, also confirmed by the archaeological...

Yesterday the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella visited the new campus of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, inaugurated in Cremona, in the former Monastery of Santa Monica, in the year of the university's centenary.
During the ceremony, the President of the Republic and those present at the inauguration also had the privilege of listening to the Italian national anthem played by the violinist Lena Yokoyama with a Stradi...

Discovering that the violin found in your attic is an authentic masterpiece dating back to the golden age of Cremonese violin making is the dream of every musician and enthusiast. And this is what happened a few days ago in a place that remained top-secret, where a citizen had an old violin analyzed and discovered that it was made by Giuseppe Guarneri (father of Guarneri del Gesù), dating back to the beginning of the eighteenth century.
But how ...