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XVII International Triennale
Violin Making Competition
Antonio Stradivari

XVII International Triennale
Violin Making Competition
Antonio Stradivari

Cremona
26th of september – 13th of october 2024

Enrollment before May 31st

Cremona
from September 6th
to October 13th 2024

Mayor’s Welcome

Dear Maestros,
what an honor for me to be able to call you that: maestros. And what a responsibility. A maestro is the one who has found ‘something more’, more beautiful, greater, more intense, who has matured and made this gift grow within himself/herself and wishes to share it with others. He/she wants to pass it on and innovate it at the same time. Violin craftmanship is, for you, this ‘more’, this gift which is then a gift for all of us and for humanity. Knowing how to make bowed instruments which generate beauty, sound and music, is that ‘more’ for which you bear the responsibility, that gift for which all of us and Cremona bear the responsibility. In the introduction to the last edition of the Triennale we wrote that the city of Cremona was preparing to build a plan to safeguard the intangible heritage of humanity of violin craftmanship. I can say today that we have succeeded and that this journey with the community of Cremonese luthiers is underway, intense years which have increased knowledge, study, research regarding the heritage itself and confirmed and consolidated the role of Cremona as a world center of violin making. This path will continue and be further strengthened in the coming years because knowledge is the key and decisive factor for passing on and innovating at the same time, and it is also the decisive factor for growing competitiveness on international markets.
This is why the Triennale, the most important violin making competition in the world, takes place in Cremona. And for this reason the best violin makers are part of it and its history over the years is an extraordinary story of artisan-artists who have made and are making the history of contemporary violin making: they innovate and pass on the vital energy of Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri and the great classics at the highest levels, so that contemporary lutherie itself becomes classic in its being contemporary and in its designing today the future of this art in the world.

Gianluca Galimberti
Sindaco di Cremona e Presidente della Fondazione Museo del Violino

President’s Message

For the second time in a row, I will have the honor of presiding over the Jury of the Triennale Competition, now in its 17th edition and which I believe will once again confirm itself as the most important event of this type worldwide. I accepted this position out of a sincere spirit of service towards the community of luthiers, both the local one to which I am particularly attached, and the international one, which I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the now many years of my commitment to the world of violin making.
Once again, a jury of high international standards has been selected, which I believe offers excellent guarantees for a careful and balanced judgment of the competing instruments and which I will make sure to work intensely and in full compliance with the regulation. This regulation has been confirmed in its essential structure, now tried and tested for many editions, with some small but significant operational improvements suggested by the master luthiers, thanks to their direct experience, who were as always consulted in the preparation phases of the competition, and whom I take the opportunity to thank.
To all the competitors, who I am sure will be numerous and qualified, I wish a professionally qualifying and stimulating experience which, whatever the result, will be of help in their growth and career. See you in Cremona.

Paolo Bodini
presidente della Giuria del XVII Concorso Triennale

Prizes

best
violino

gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for

€ 16.000,00

best
viola

gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for

€ 16.000,00

best
violoncello

gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for

€ 26.000,00

best
double bass

gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for

€ 28.000,00

To see all the prizes, click the following link.

Regulation

To read the full rules, click the following link

Competitors Area

To access the contestants’ area, click the following link

Timeline
31 May
2024
Final deadline

The final deadline to submit your application and complete the upload of all required materials. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

2 – 8 SEPTEMBER
2024
Delivery of instruments

Delivery of instruments shipped between September 2-7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Hand delivery:

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sunday 8 September 2021 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

9 – 25 SEPTEMBER
2024
JURY EVALUATIONS

The instruments will be judged by a jury of five master luthiers and five musicians. The acoustic test of the finalist instruments will be open to the public and it will take place on September 22nd in the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium.
The awards ceremony and gala concert will take place on September 25th, at 8.30 pm, at the Amilcare Ponchielli theatre.

26 SEPTEMBER 2024-
13 OCTOBER 2024
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All the competing instruments will be exhibited at the Violin Museum (Amati pavilion) from September 26th to October 13th. They will also be published, with color images, in the official competition catalogue.
The gold medal-winning instruments will be purchased by the Violin Museum Foundation and displayed alongside the masterpieces of Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri.

Jury

President of the jury
Paolo Bodini

Ulrich
Hinsberger

luthier

Massimo
Negroni

luthier

Benjamin
Ruth

luthier

Elisa
Scrollavezza

LUTHIER

Gao
Tong Tong

luthier

Daniel
Rubenstein

musician

Alberto
Salomon

musician

Dan
Sloutskovski

musician

Mirella
Vedeva Ruaux

musician

Fabrizio
Von Arx

musician
Past Winners

Look at the past winners

Founders partners
Fondazione Museo del Violino
Antonio Stradivari
Cremona

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