The story of a legend of lutherie such as John Monteleone should pass from Cremona. Monteleone, one of the best luthiers for guitars (specialized in archtops and mandolins), is realizing a documentary dedicated to his passion. A movie that will be released next years, with interviews to guitar heroes like Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, that is passing also from Cremona.
Some scenes have been filmed at the Museum of Violin of Cremona on 18 June....
For more than 20 years the luthiers Paolo Sorgentone and Michele Mecatti have been working together in their workshop, in Florence. Here they developed their own personal style, also trying to promote the Tuscan lutherie. This year they will again be at Cremona Musica, to show the outcome of their work. We interviewed them.
How did you meet and how did you start your business?
We met at the School of Lutherie of Cremona, then we followed dif...
“Violins of Hope”, the exhibition that tells the story of the Holocaust through the authentic violins played by the victims, arrives in Italy, at Cremona Musica. From 27 to 29 September the “City of violins” is hosting a selection of instruments played during and before the Nazi persecution of Jews, also during their detention in the concentration camps. On September 28 these same instruments will be played in concert by the Turkish violinist Cih...
Two days ago the cellist Yo.Yo Ma gave an inspiring commencement address at Dartmouth. We selected the core of his speech. You can find the entire video at the bottom, with Mr. Ma playing.
"You will be powerful. And when you are, do not abuse your power. Ever. [...] In my own lifetime, I’ve seen too many people make decisions that put themselves before their community, before society, before the health of our planet. I’ve seen too many people...
06/06/2019 Seven tips to motive yourself to practise
The Strad gathered seven precious tips about motivating yourself to practice, from seven top violinists.
1. Put yourself in the composer’s shoes.
Nicola Benedetti, May 2019
2. Choose repertoire you love.
Leila Josefowicz, April 2019
3. Be patient.
Hilary Hahn, May 2017
4. Stay focused on what you want.
James Ehnes, August 2014
5. Divide up your practice time.
Sarah Chang, March 2015
6. Plan your practice according to...
Precision in music is really important, especially when you produce the mechanical elements that give your instruments the right tuning. This is the job of Thomas Rubner GmbH, the German brand specialized in tuning machines and pegs. Looking forward to meeting them at Cremona Musica 2019, we interviewed their commercial director Jeffrey Meinel to find out more about their work and their new products.
Which are the main features a high-quality...