The Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art and the Fondazione Stradivari promoted a round table dedicated to the future of contemporary violin making during the annual violin making event “Liuteria in Festival” in Cremona. This particularly fascinating and significant theme was inspired by the volume “Strumentaio. Il costruttore di strumenti musicali nella tradizione occidentale” by Renato Meucci, published by Marsilio Editore. A concert performed by the students of the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella in L’Aquila concluded the round table.

Speakers included:

Paolo Bodini, President of the Fondazione Stradivari

Franco Cologni, President of the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

Fausto Cacciatori, President of CNA Lombardia

Bruno Carioti, Director of the Conservatorio “Alfredo Casella” in L’Aquila

Virginia Villa, Director of the Fondazione Stradivari in Cremona, of the Ente Triennale Internazionale Strumenti ad Arco of Cremona and the Civica Scuola di Liuteria in Milan.

Renato Meucci, author of the book, musicologist and professor of the history of musical instruments at the Università Statale in Milan, and of the history of music at the Conservatory in Novara

Sara Cristaldi, Editor-in-chief of Sole 24 newspaper, moderated the debate.

This initiative marked the beginning of a long-standing co-operation between the Cologni Foundation and the Fondazione Stradivari to sustain and promote excellence in the artistic crafts, with special focus on the transmission of knowledge to the new generations.

Both the publication of the volume and the round table were made possible with the support of BSI bank, whose cultural patronage is particularly focused on music, contemporary art and fine artistic craftsmanship.