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Gianandrea Noseda unveils his collection of rare Italian musical instruments
The famous Italian conductor has decided to lend some ancient Italian musical instruments from his private collection to members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington DC.
Gianandrea Noseda, an iconic figure in the world of classical music, has opened the doors of his extraordinary collection of ancient Italian musical instruments, offering them on loan to the talented members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington DC. But what is the reason that fuels this altruism ? Simple: Noseda wanted to elevate musical quality towards superlative performances.

Noseda's history with ancient instruments originates from an episode in 2010. During a visit to the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the conductor's acumen was ignited when he noticed the distinctive sound quality produced by Italian ancient instruments. Determined to replicate this experience, Noseda purchased a violin, which he promptly loaned to the concertmaster of the Teatro Regio in Turin, an institution with which he was affiliated as musical director. Over the years and with the help of an Italian foundation, he extended this initiative to other members of the Teatro Regio, and in 2019 he decided to replicate it across the ocean, including the NSO.

Noseda's personal collection is a priceless treasure consisting of seven violins and a viola, whose total value is around five million dollars. Among the notable pieces, we find instruments dating back to 1686, such as the violin of Francesco Ruggeri, up to that of Giovanni Francesco Pressenda from 1830. His first purchase was a violin built in 1725 by the Venetian master Santo Serafino. Not only that: Noseda also owns two cellos and plans to add one to the list of instruments loaned to the NSO in the near future.

In the lending mechanismorchestrated' from Noseda, the first violins of the different sections of the orchestra enjoy a right of pre-emption. Thereafter, the tools can be used by other members for a period of two years. Marissa Regni, the NSO's principal second violin, is one of the living examples of this policy. He has been playing the Santo Serafino violin since 2011 and states that the initiative is a gift not only for the orchestra but also for the public, confirming the idea that ancient musical instruments were not born to collect dust on a shelf, but to make the strings of the soul vibrate.

Noseda's gesture is not only an act of magnanimity, but also an investment in artistic sophistication. Its collection, ranging from 17th-century violins to 19th-century violas, represents a treasure that aspires to shine for the entire musical community. The lending program is structured to showcase talent, encourage excellence and ultimately make music speak like never before.

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HOLY SERAPH (1699 – 1776)

Santo Serafino is a legendary figure in the panorama of Italian violin making, particularly for the Venetian school. Born in Udine on 1 November 1699 to Valentino and Lucrezia, his career probably began even before his move to Venice in 1721. He worked as a domestic servant for the aristocratic Priuli family and dabbled in painting. His first instruments date back to 1726 and already show high craftsmanship. By opening his shop in Calle dei Stagneri, Serafino found himself in the street that housed the most prestigious luthiers of the time, and chose the sign "To the Madonna of the Seven Sorrows" for his shop.

His death occurred on February 6, 1776 in the parish of San Bartolomio in Venice, but his legacy lives on through the sound of his instruments—violins and cellos which have a sonic quality described as very noble, if sometimes slightly subtle.

Artists of the caliber of Henry Vieuxtemps, Joseph Szigeti, Georges Enesco and Yehudi Menuhin appreciated and used his instruments.

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Gianandrea Noseda (Sesto San Giovanni, 23 April 1964) is an Italian conductor. He studied piano, composition and conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory in Milan, later perfecting himself with Donato Renzetti, Chung Myung-whun and Valery Gergiev.

Noseda made his debut in his first opera production as musical director in Turin in October 2007, conducting Falstaff with Ruggero Raimondi and Barbara Frittoli and inaugurated the 2007-2008 Season of the Concerts of the Teatro Regio.

In January 2016 he was appointed conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and began his four-year term with the 2017/2018 season. In September 2018 his contract was extended for another four years until the 2024/2025 season.

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