Date: September 24 to October 9, 2016
The festival has been given a complete overhaul: lasting 17 days, it will feature 40 events, ranging from classical to jazz, tango to crossover, and including work by contemporary composers. Over 60 international musicians will be performing in the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium. With 16 concerts, this festival, entirely dedicated to bowed and plucked string instruments, is unique in the world. It will bring tradition and innovation together in Cremona, the world capital of traditional violin craftsmanship, named an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The festival’s stars include Pavel Vernikov, Viktoria Mullova, Richard Galliano, Regina Carter, Natalia Gutman, Sonig Tchakerian, Salvatore Accardo, Avi Avital, Luigi Attademo, the Quartetto di Cremona, the Stradivari Quartett, the Quartetto Matamoe, the Duo Leonore and many more. In addition to concerts, the STRADIVARI festival also offers a rich programme of talks, international workshops and exhibitions, where visitors can meet the musicians, get to know the string instruments and learn about the master violin makers who constructed them.