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Prizes

The International Competition Antonio Stradivari offers four prizes, which may not be shared among instruments, as hereby specified:

for the best violin: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 16,000.00;
for the best viola: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 16,000.00;
for the best violoncello: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 26,000.00;
for the best double bass: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 28,000.00.

(In this respect, please note that the prizes are inclusive of VAT according to European tax laws and inclusive of custom duties for non-EU countries).

  • Four silver medals and a prizeof € 2,500.00 each for those classified second in each of the four categories.
    Four bronze medals and a prize of € 1,500.00 each for those classified third in each of the four categories.
    • The Jury may award further honor mentions to finalists in each of the four categories.

Prizes for second and third place are kindly offered by the Chamber of Commerce – Cremona.

– The Municipality of Cremona will award the “Simone Fernando Sacconi” prize, consisting of a gold medal, to the contestant under 30 years of age on 31/12/2024 who, according to the final decision of the Jury, is considered the most deserving.
– The “Walter Stauffer” Centre of Musicology will award a gold medal to the contestant who has presented the best instrument for acoustic qualities.
– “Pierangelo Balzarini” award (private): gold medal to the Cremonese maker who has reached the highest score in one of the four categories for artistic/constructional qualities.
A.L.I. award (offered by Associazione Liutaria Italiana): silver plate to be given to an Italian maker not classified among the first three of any category, for an instrument with peculiar personality within the Italian tradition and culture.
– “Cremona Mondomusica” prize (offered by CremonaFiere) consisting in a stand for single exhibitor in Cremona Mondomusica 2025 for each of gold medal winners.
– The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte will award a prize of € 1,000.00 to the best classified foreign violinmaker, regularly working in Italy.
– “Giorgio Cè” award (private): prize of € 1,000.00 to the Cremonese female violinmaker with the best instruments as far as varnish is concerned.
– “Piero Ferraroni” award (private): prize of € 1,000.00 for the best carving of a cello scroll.

It is permissible for multiple awards to be won by a single contestant. The Jury reserves the right not to award all the prizes in each category if there are no works deemed worthy.
All contestants admitted to the Competition will receive a certificate of participation. A complete color catalogue of the admitted instruments will be published by the Foundation. A copy of the catalogue will be given to all the violinmakers enrolled in the Competition, without further charge.
The winning instruments in the respective category will be placed on permanent display open to public in the premises of the Fondazione Museo del Violino in Cremona, and may, at the discretion of the Foundation, be temporarily entrusted to musicians.

Fondazione Museo del Violino
Antonio Stradivari
Cremona

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