by Andrea Bedetti
A new cultural and economic reality has appeared in the world of Italian musical art, a reality called The String Circle that aims to give life to a platform capable of connecting excellent Italian and international luthiers with the new generation of the best chamber musicians. This idea was born and came to life to respond, on the one hand, to the desire to enhance the art and professionalism of the figure embodied by the “master luthier,” putting him or her in direct contact with young artists, and on the other to satisfy that need for quality instruments for young musicians at the beginning of their careers. The task of The String Circle is precisely this: to create a widespread network of master luthiers and musicians capable of facilitating international exchange between these two categories, fostering their professional and artistic growth.
The project originates from an idea of Le Dimore del Quartetto, the international network that today supports ninety young string quartets and chamber music ensembles in the early years of their careers, in collaboration with the Fondazione Museo del Violino of Cremona, which is responsible for the involvement of craftsmen of excellence from among those awarded prizes in the ” Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria Antonio Stradivari” (which since 1976 has been an authentic “Olympiad” for string instrument makers from all over the world), as well as in similar international competitions. A project, this one, that has already obtained the patronage of the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte.
“High contemporary violin making is an indispensable element for the classical music supply chain to continue to be healthy and sustainable,” explained Francesca Moncada, founder and president of Le Dimore del Quartetto (read her interview here). “With The String Circle we complete the virtuous circle triggered by Le Dimore del Quartetto, where networking and the exchange of resources generate value for the community and for all partners involved.”
To be involved in this project and to be part of the network, the selected luthiers offer one or more instruments on loan for use and a range of services (i.e., repair, maintenance, etc.) to musicians in the Le Dimore del Quartetto network, with the craft workshops being marked on an interactive map that facilitates their location, thus coming to create a widespread collection available to young artists.