From the days of the Old Masters like Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari, all the way to the present, a careful balance of tradition and innovation have made Cremona synonymous with fine stringed instruments.
Italy has maintained its reputation as a powerhouse of fine instrument making for centuries - and for a good reason.
Cremona is the birthplace of the modern violin. The city is known for its fine violins, which have been produced since the 16th century. Antonio Stradivari, one of the most famous violin makers of all time, was from Cremona. Today, the city's Museo del Violino is devoted to their work and valuable instruments.
This competitive environment has led to a great deal of innovation in violin making. Stradivari, for example, used a varnish of his own recipe which is studied to this day. He also developed new techniques and improved upon the methods pioneered by the Amati family.
Violin making is a tradition in Cremona that has been handed down from generation to generation. Many of the techniques and methods used today are the same as those used centuries ago.
In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in traditional violin making techniques. Young luthiers in Cremona are learning the craft and preserving these techniques for future generations. At the same time, they are also incorporating new technologies and materials into their work.
The violins made in Cremona are known for their beauty, craftsmanship, and sound quality. They are prized by musicians all over the world.
The combination of tradition and innovation has resulted in some of the finest violins ever made. Cremona is still considered to be the home of the best violin makers in the world.
Pedro Silva is a cellist and one of the co-fourders of Myluthier.co. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2018 with a Master of Arts in cello performance, studying with Guy Johnston. He enjoys an varied freelance career as an orchestral, chamber musician and frequently collaborates with Early Music ensembles and West End productions.