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The String Circle is a widespread network of luthiers and bow-makers in Europe, conceived by Le Dimore del Quartetto and promoted in collaboration with Fondazione Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari.

The collection brings together luthiers and bowmakers who have distinguished themselves through international awards, whose creations and workshops are recommended to young musicians in the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto with the aim of promoting and enhancing the contemporary luthiery tradition in Cremona and internationally. Concretely, the goal is to create a European network of workshops and ateliers that provide quality instruments and services to a new generation of professional musicians.

WHERE DOES THE IDEA OF THE STRING CIRCLE BORN?

It’s extremely common for young professional musicians to look for high-profile lutherie instruments and bows at the beginning of their careers. And it is absolutely imperative for those who start their career in music to have instruments and bows enabling and supporting their artistic activity and achieving the highest results. The craftsmanship and the care of luthiers must be promoted so that they can reach out to the appropriate stakeholders: musicians looking for quality instruments and services, who are able to identify and appreciate the unique and original value of lutherie art.

FAQ

The participation to the network is open to Master luthiers and bow makers with recognized awards. 

In order to join The String Circle, it is necessary to provide at least one instrument (violin, viola, cello, bow) on loan for use and several services provided with special agreements for the musicians of the ensembles adhering to the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto.

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By joining The String Circle, you will be able to:

  • Get in touch with young professional musicians (guaranteed by the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto) who are looking for quality instruments to assist them in their career
  • Being part of a network of excellence, which presents itself as a reference point for violin making at local and international level for services such as repairs, maintenance, replacements in different European cities.
  • Obtain greater visibility at an international level, both in terms of the instruments made and all the services offered
  • To be listed on the website www.thestringcircle.eu where each Master luthier has a dedicated page with biography, proposed instrument, photographs and technical specifications; moreover, each workshop is indicated on the map on the website
  • To be in contact with the network of Le Dimore del Quartetto which promotes modern violin making as a stakeholder all over the world, thanks to its international activity and to the direct contact with ensembles and with different organizations such as schools, academies, competitions and music institutions

The String Circle intends to directly involve an insurance company in order to identify a policy that can cover possible risks of damage and theft in a uniform way for all loans. 

Insurance costs are charged to the borrowing musician. During the application phase, luthiers specify whether their instruments are already insured; once this information has been received, we will agree whether to proceed with the current insurance or to join the insurance policy reserved for the project.

The loan for use, regulated by contracts stipulated directly between the luthier and the individual musicians, has a maximum duration of 1 year, renewable, with mandatory checks every 6 months at the luthier’s.

In case of excessive distance or other serious impediment, the control can be carried out at another luthier’s of the network, upon authorization of the luthier.

The contract with the luthier foresees the possibility of redeeming the instrument at the end of the loan, with favourable economic conditions to be communicated before the start of the loan. 

The luthiers store the instruments in their workshops, in the countries where they work. Each instrument is delivered personally by the luthier to the musician who requests to have it on loan when the contract is signed.

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