Fondazione Antonio Stradivari Ente Triennale Strumenti ad Arco - Liuteria a Cremona

 XIII Triennale Competition

In Cremona, from 19 September to 14 October, is held the International Triennial Competition of Stringed Instruments

In Cremona, from 19 September to 14 October, is held the International Triennial Competition of Stringed Instruments "Antonio Stradivari", rightly considered the Olympics of violin making. The event, promoted by the Stradivari Foundation and now in its thirteenth edition, is, in fact, an important opportunity of discussion for violimakers and musicians from all over the world.

The Regulation follows updated schemes for a competition, not involved in commercial temptations, that wants to maintain a strong and significant identity rewarding, in the best possible way, the ability of competitors. Indeed it is necessary to observe a strict regulation: just new instruments, manufactured after 2009 and fitting with the traditional classical lutherie are allowed. Old early models or special built instruments are not accepted. Moreover, always in line with the great tradition of the Cremonese school, great Masters of the past created their masterpieces, each identified by a personal and unmistakable style.

Nevertheless, the characteristics of creativity compared to established method and iconography, the variety of solutions proposed, especially in the sections viola and cello, the all-present attention to the research of many violinmakers, represent each time a broad and interesting overview of best international luthiers skills; that attest the richness of cultural heritage offered to the attention of experts and to the consideration of the public.

Confirming a formula perfected during previous editions, handcrafted and acoustics quality are harmonically weighted, comparing and putting in evidence the best that the contemporary violinmaking expresses in the world. About this purpose it has been formed an important Jury, coordinated by Paolo Salvelli, president of the Walter Stauffer Foundation, and composed by musicians Julius Berger, Ludwig Müller, Franco Petracchi, Vera Tsu, Akiko Yatani and violinmakers Gregg Alf, Peter Beare Jean-Jacques Rampal, Luca Sbernini and Alessandro Voltini.

Logistical place of the event will be the new Temporary Exhibition Hall of the Museo del Violino, where the instruments will be exhibited from September 28 to October 14.

The winners, however, will be awarded, Thursday September 27, during the gala evening at Teatro Ponchielli, where the performers of the Jury will play the best instruments. At the same event will make its debut a quintet composed especially by Alessandro Solbiati, a leading voice of the contemporary music scene.

Just with this cultural proposal, Stradivari Foundation wants to focus on the meaning and contribution that, the evolution of instruments gained from the comparison between manufacturer, performer and composer, has provided and continues to provide to the music. "In the XX century - concludes Solbiati - the perception of a low expression of tonal-modal systems has led not only to the research of new techniques, to focus on the sound itself, and so on the tone like essential parameter and not ornamental. The "contemporary" sound is composed precisely by a huge opening of the tone: the many shades of sound are modeled on the complex folds of the human psyche and soul.”
The schedule of the competition will be marked by musical events, meetings about violinmaking and the international exhibition "Mondomusica".
In Cremona, five centuries after the birth of violin, and three hundred years after the age of Stradivari and Guarneri "del Gesu", the art of violinmaking is more alive than ever.



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