Quartetto di Cremona
THE FOUR "PAGANINI STRADS" FOR THE QUARTETTO DI CREMONA
First performance, Beethoven op.132, with the Paganini Quartet at the Museo del Violino in Cremona
First performance, Beethoven op.132, with the Paganini Quartet at the Museo del Violino in Cremona

Stradivari, the most famous violin maker from Cremona who lived between the 17th and 18th century, made some of finest string instruments of all time.

Niccolò Paganini, the great italian virtuoso from Genoa bought four of these instruments, 2 violins, a viola and a cello, in different times of his life. 

The quartet, named later as "Paganini Quartet" travelled the world since, and was acquired in 1994 by the Nippon Music Foundation under the guide of Kazuko Shiomi who recognized the importance of becoming custodians of the fine italian instruments.

Soon the instruments were given to the Tokyo Quartet, who played them till 2013 when they stopped playing, and afterwards to the Hagen Quartet untill 2017.

Today we have the priviledge to spend sometime with them, hearing and hopefully reproducing the sound that Paganini loved so much.

As native citiziens of Genoa and honorary citizens of Cremona, we are very proud to let our audiences hear the sound of this important italian and world heritage.

 

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