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Stradivari Festival 2021 in Cremona
The IX edition of the Festival dedicated to the great luthier lights up the Cremonese autumn
Cremona's autumn lights up with music with the return of Stradivarius Festivals, that from 25 September to 10 October for three weekends it will talk about the suggestions and charm of the symbolic stringed instruments of the city.

The most acclaimed artists of the international music scene will take the stage of the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium for the ninth edition of the Stradivari Festival curated by artistic director Roberto Codazzi: Lisa Batiashvili, Stefan Milenkovich, Enrico Bronzi, The Arches of Cremona, Domenico Nordio, Jorge A. Bosso, Giuseppe Gibboni and Konstantin Manaev they will make the extraordinary sonic range of string instruments shine in a bill completed by the homage to Stradivari with an absolute first performance and by the highly anticipated 'Solo' by Sergej Krylov in a November appendix to the festival.

Protagonist of the inaugural concert (Saturday September 25, 9 pm) one of the brightest stars of the world violin scene: Lisa Batiashvili, in his absolute debut in Cremona. Acclaimed by the public for virtuosity and sensitivity, winner of numerous awards, she has performed with the most important orchestras, conductors and soloists in the world. On stage with the Ukrainian pianist Milana Chernyavska and the German cellist Sebastian Klinger, the Georgian artist plays a very precious Guarneri del Gesù from 1739. The program, Sunrise and Sunset of the 1800s, proposes the Sonata in F major for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn and the Trio in D minor op. 32 by Anton Arensky.

The September 26 (6 pm), the debut of The Arches of Cremona, an ensemble that brings together the best violinists and bowed instrumentalists in the city. Alongside music by Mendelssohn (Concerto for violin and strings in D minor) e Dvořák (Serenata in E major for strings op. 22), the first performance of the piece for violin and orchestra Stradivari Concerto by the composer from Cremona Roberto Solci, entrusted for the solo part to the interpretation of one of the most famous Italian violinists, Domenico Nordio.

In the second weekend of programming, the Stradivari festival offers two non-discounted events: the 2nd October (9 pm) with 'Three centuries in Duo'the violinist Stefan Milenkovich and the cellist Enrico Bronzi  give life to a ladder in complete freedom, ranging from the Suites of Bach to the Caprices of Paganini, from ancient melodies of Dowland to the twirling Viennese pieces of Fritz Kreisler.

The October 3 (6 pm) 'New Worlds - Terra Incognita', which brings to the stage an unprecedented trio of champions: the Argentine cellist Jorge A. Bosso, the first clarinet of the Scala Fabrizio Meloni is Gloria Campaner, Venetian pianist winner of over twenty national and international competitions. Three virtuosos for a musical journey without barriers between eras and genres, from Brahms to the Seasons of Piazzolla, from Echoes of Frank Hoe to original pieces of the same Boxwood.

It continues on October 9 (9 pm) with 'I Musici 7.0', meeting between the historic ensemble and one of the most promising young stars on the Italian scene. The famous group The Musicians celebrates 70 years since its foundation and joins the young violinist Giuseppe Gibboni, combining the tradition of the Italian "beautiful sound" and the overwhelming skill of a talent of the bow that has already conquered audiences and critics. The program ranges from classical pieces and pieces of blatant virtuosity.

The closing concert of October 10 (6 pm) promises to be full of crossover and pure fun: the histrionic cellist will perform Konstantin Manaev, an artist among the most disputed for his versatility and talent, and the enthralling Signum Saxophone Quartet of Hamburg that enchanted international audiences with its contagious freshness. Scheduled 'BACHianas', enthralling musical journey from Bach is Albinoni to Piazzolla is Villa-Lobos.

Finally, the November 13 (9 pm), in a sort of queue of the Stradivari Festival, the awaited appointment with Sergej Krylov, ambassador and artist in residence. 'Solo', a project conceived exclusively by the famous Russian violinist for the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium, is a real triple somersault without a safety net: from the Chaconne of Bach to the Sequence of Berio, a program of prodigious difficulty.

Other information of interest

Due to a sudden indisposition of Lisa Batiashvili, the concert "Sunrise and Sunset of the 1800s" scheduled for September 25th has been canceled.

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The Antonio Stradivari Violin Museum, housed at the Palazzo dell'Arte in the central Piazza Marconi in Cremona, is at the same time a museum, an auditorium and a research center on ancient and modern lutherie: it also promotes the Antonio Stradivari Triennial Violin Making Competition.

At the Museo del Violino it is possible to discover five centuries of Cremonese violin making through a direct meeting with the great Masters - Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri - and their masterpieces, following a balanced trail of art and craftsmanship, creativity and tradition from the late Renaissance workshops reaches up to today.

Unique, very precious tools and a rich set of documents allow everyone to create an evocative and engaging journey where sounds, scents and images combine to give shape to history, dreams and emotions.

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