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MAXIM VENGEROV WITH THE KREUTZER 1727 STRADIVARIUS IN CREMONA:

“CASA STRADIVARI VISIONARY PROJECT”

"It has been an emotional moment to arrive at Casa Stradivari and visit the place where Antonio Stradivari lived and worked. It was also special to bring the legendary 1727 Kreutzer Stradivari back to its home after so many years. Casa Stradivari is a visionary project, bridging past and future. I believe the work it carries out by bringing together musicians and young luthiers is very important," said Maxim Vengerov, among the world's most beloved violinists, who recently visited Cremona as a guest of the Casa Stradivari's Artist Residency program. Accompanying him was the violin once owned by Rudolph Kreutzer, the instrument with which he enchants audiences worldwide and which has returned to the workshop-home where the extraordinary story of the greatest luthier of all time began.

Vengerov was welcomed by Fabrizio von Arx, Artistic Director of the Casa Stradivari Foundation, President Antonio Gambardella, and founding partner Vincent Bernasconi. In the recently restored and relaunched residence, through an artistic and educational project, he met with young apprentice luthiers attending the advanced training course organized by the Foundation and tested the violins they crafted in the same spaces where Stradivari had set up his first workshop.


As part of the Artist Residency project, Maestro Vengerov featured in two events promoted by the Casa Stradivari Foundation at the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium of the Violin Museum of Cremona.

In the morning, a violin masterclass was held for the three winners of a competition organized by the Foundation: young violinists Luca Alberto Kaufman, Martina Cicciò, and Letizia Gullino, who were coached by Maestro Vengerov in a three-hour lesson open to the public, which attracted over 200 attendees. In the afternoon, a roundtable discussion titled "The Resonances of Stradivari" took place, moderated by Oreste Bossini. During the roundtable, Vengerov engaged with Fausto Cacciatori, curator of the Collections at the Violin Museum, Robert Brewer Young, luthier and philosophy professor at the European Graduate School of Oxford University, So-Ock Kim, violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Steven Smith, director of J&A Beare, and Fabrizio von Arx.
 

"It is an honour to host Maestro Vengerov at Casa Stradivari. His meeting with our luthier students and young musicians fully embodies the spirit of our project and the goals we set: to create a valuable dialogue among musicians, artisans, and students, which is crucial for their artistic and professional growth. This is the same dialogue that Stradivari himself sought and fostered. We continue along this path to contribute to the enhancement of the art of Cremona-based violin making, a UNESCO-recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage," stated Fabrizio von Arx, Artistic Director of the Casa Stradivari Foundation.

 

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THE VIOLINIST MAXIM VENGEROV ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT FONDAZIONE CASA STRADIVARI

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A MASTERCLASS AND A MEETING WITH THE GREAT VIOLINIST

Maxim Vengerov, one of the greatest violin virtuosos, and among the most loved and requested in the world, will be the next guest of the project "Artistic Residency" of Fondazione Casa Stradivari in Cremona.

The great musician, who plays the Stradivari "Kreutzer 1727", will be the protagonist of a double appointment that will enrich the cultural and formative programming of Casa Stradivari.

Monday May 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maestro Vengerov will hold a Masterclass of violin at the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona, addressed to 3 young violinists aged between 14 and 25 years: Luca Alberto Kaufman, Letizia Gullino and Martina Cicciò.

The masterclass will also be open to the public, subject to availability (reservation required by sending an e-mail to info@casastradivari.org).

PROGRAM

Martina Cicciò
P. de Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen op. 20

Luca Alberto Kaufman

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Violin concerto in E minor op. 64

1st mov.

 

Letizia Gullino
Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij
Violin concerto in D major op. 35

1st mov.

Pianists: Eun-mi Park, Umberto Ruboni

MEETING WITH MAESTRO MAXIM VENGEROV

The second appointment of Maxim Vengerov in Cremona will be a meeting focused on the relationship between violinist, instrument and sound scheduled on May 6 at the Auditorium G. Arvedi of the Violin Museum, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This is the first confrontation organized by Fondazione Casa Stradivari. The famous violinist will tackle the theme "The resonances of Stradivarius" together with authoritative personalities from the world of music and violin making in an open and interactive debate.

The initiative is part of the project of the Casa Stradivari Artistic Residences, which provides for in-depth study and fundamental exchanges of view between violinmakers and musicians, in synergy with the Plan to Safeguard the know-how of Cremona’s violinmaking.

Also the meeting will be open to the public, subject to availability (reservation required by sending an e-mail to info@casastradivari.org).

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