The Cremona Musica Award is an award conceived by CremonaFiere in 2014, assigned every year during Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and Festival to people and institutions of the world of music that achieved excellence in their fields. The awards are presented by the President of CremonaFiere during the Fair.

Every year management and the scientific committee of Cremona Musica select the protagonists of International music that contributed to spread the great music and the values that are linked to the musical tradition.

The prizes are awarded for five categories: composition, performance, communication, project and, since 2018, guitar lutherie.

The link with the city of Cremona (a world-renowned icon of Italian excellence in music), the context of Cremona Musica (the main fair for high-quality musical instruments in the world) and the prestigious winners, have made the Cremona Musica Awards one of the most desired prizes in this field, since the very first editions.

In the last years many legendary personalities of music came to Cremona Musica to collect the award, including Alfred Brendel, Shlomo Mintz, Michael Nyman, Krzysztof Penderecki and many more.

In the 2018 edition the prize has been awarded to the conductor Valery Gergiev, the violinist Maxim Vengerov, the composer Giya Kancheli, the guitar luthier Hermann Hauser III, the writer Alessandro Baricco and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

For the 2019 edition the prize goes to the great violinist Salvatore Accardo, the conductor Ezio Bosso who will collect the Cremona Musica Award in the “communication” category; the guitarist Paco Peña; the clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and for the project category, the prize was awarded to Amnon Weinstein for “Violins for Hope”.

This year, the winners are: the extraordinary violinist Roby Lakatos, incomparable interpreter of Gypsy music; María Susana Azzi, cultural anthropologist who has thoroughly investigated the history of European immigration to Argentina from different perspectives: Argentine music and tango; the already multi-awarded Enrico Pieranunzi, who will receive the Cremona Musica Award for the “performance-jazz” category. For the “composition” category we will have the pleasure to host Richard Danielpour at Cremona Musica. And finally, the pillar of A.I.A.R.P., the association that brings together Italian tuners, Luciano Del Rio, will be awarded for the category “project”.

Cremona Musica Awards 2021 are created by a local artist, Franca Anelli

Franca Anelli was born in Crema on August 26, 1970 and is the youngest of four children.
She attended the Cremonese school, I.P.I.A.L.L. (International Professional Institute of Luthier and Wood) – furniture specialization. She later graduated in Architecture at Politecnico in Milan. She currently lives in Cremona where since 1997 is married to the master luthier Stefano Trabucchi, from whom she learned the art of violin making. The result is the construction of five violins under his guide. She has two children Lucia and Filippo.

Music, singing and art in general have always been part of her life and for this reason she felt the need to be an artist focused on violins, music and art in a framework of modernity and freshness. Her artistic technique favors the use of gold and silver leaf, while the decomposition of the musical instrument is the basis of the search for a work that knows how to glimpse modernity starting from classicism.
Her atelier is located in the luthier workshop of her luthier husband in via Bella Rocca 14 in Cremona.

Winners

2019

Category “Performance” – strings:
Salvatore Accardo

Category “Communication”:
Ezio Bosso

Category “Performance” – guitar:
Paco Peña

Category “Performance” wind instruments:
Richard Stoltzman

Category “Project”
Violins for Hope – Amnon Weinstein

2018

Category “Performance” – strings:
Maxim Vengerov

Category “Performance” – conductor:
Valery Gergiev

Category “Composition”:
Giya Kancheli

Category “Communication”:
Alessandro Baricco

Category “Project”:
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

Category “Guitar Lutherie”:
Hermann Hauser III

2017

Category “Performance”: Ivry Gitlis

Category “Composition”: Giovanni Sollima

Category “Communication”: Stuart Isacoff

Category “Project”: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

2016

Category “Performance”: Shlomo Mintz

Category “Communication”: Bruno Monsaingeon

2015

Category “Composition”: Krzysztof Penderecki

Category “Communication”: Corinna da Fonseca – Wolheim

Category “Project”: Elio delle Storie Tese

2014

Category “Performance” – Alfred Brendel

Category “Composition” – Michael Nyman

Category “Communication” – Norman Lebrecht

Category “Project” – FuturOrchestra