The Sala della Balla at the Sforza Castle in Milan hosted the second conference dedicated to violin-making, organised by the Cologni Foundation with the Violin Museum of Cremona. The conference is part of the project "Le mani sapienti" (Skilled hands), supported by the Fondazione Antonio Carlo Monzino.

The theme of the conference was contemporary patronage in the fields of music and violin-making. Marco Carminati, journalist of the daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, moderated the debate.

Speakers included:

Claudio Salsi, Director of the Superintendence of the Castle and of the Archaeological and Historical museums

Paolo Bodini, President of the Friends of Stradivari

Alberto Cavalli, Director of the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art

Renato Meucci, Director of the Conservatorio Guido Cantelli in Novara and President of the Comitato Scientifico Museo del Violino

Antonio Monzino, President of the Fondazione Monzino

Paolo Salvelli, President of the Fondazione Walter Stauffer

Luigi Vinci, Fondazione Arvedi Buschini