The Strad News – Launch of the String Circle in Cremona
A new international initiative, The Circle of Stringswas launched in Cremona, with the aim of creating a dialogue of mutual support between a network of international master luthiers and promising young string players, fostering the professional and artistic growth of both.
The initiative was born from the desire to enhance the art of the master luthier by addressing a specific audience and, on the other hand, from the need for young string instrumentalists to have access to quality instruments in carrier start.
The project was born from an idea of Le Dimore del Quartetto, the international network that supports 90 young string quartets and chamber music ensembles at the start of their career, and is promoted in collaboration with the Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari, responsible for identifying and supporting the most talented luthiers.
Eleven luthiers have been selected to provide one or more instruments on loan and a range of maintenance and repair services to a cohort of young string players from the Le Dimore del Quartetto network.
The first eleven master luthiers and bow makers to join The String Circle are Luca Baratto (Cremona, Italy), Michele Buccellè (Acquanegra Cremonese, CR, Italy), Stefano Conia (Cremona, Italy), Ulrike Dederer (Zurich, Switzerland), Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt (Werder, Germany), Gawang Jung ( Cremona, Italy), Marco Nolli (Cremona, Italy), Emilio e Luca Slaviero (Cremona, Italy) and Stefano Trabucchi (Cremona, Italy).
The String Circle’s inaugural conference was held at the Museo del Violino in Cremona on April 6 and ended with a performance of Beethoven and Shostakovich by Quartetto Goldberg, a young ensemble supported by Le Dimore del Quartetto.