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Violinmakers education and training

By becoming a member of the District, a Master Violin Maker:

  • declares that their artisanal production reflects the characteristics identified by the UNESCO recognition, and that all parts of the instruments bearing their label are made by hand, without using pre-assembled or pre-fabricated pieces;
  • commits to playing an active role in the research of the university laboratories;
  • commits to attending training activities.

The educational activities offered in 2018 involved three areas:

  • The instruments produced by the Amati family
  • Varnishes
  • Acoustic

Each of the three modules comprised various sessions, that together lasted 12 hours. The three modules therefore totalled 36 hours of training during the year.
Violin makers who are members of the district had to guarantee their attendance of at least two out of the three modules. To make it easier for makers to take part, modules with limited numbers of attendees (class sizes of 10-12) were offered multiple times in 2018, and more are currently being held in 2019, including sessions on Giuseppe Guarnieri del Gesù.

Workshop on Amati instruments and the chance to meet conservators

In 2018, these events offered an in-depth look at the string instruments held at the museum made by the four generations of the Amati family, as well as instruments from other institutions. They were all-day events, with a technical and historical presentation of the instruments and the results of scientific research, featuring speakers from the university laboratories, followed by a chance to hear the instruments played. A workshop was organised each afternoon that gave the violin makers the opportunity to study the instruments in small groups.

The mornings were also open to students from the School of Violin Making.

Training courses on varnishes

The training provided by the Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive Diagnostics, in partnership with Cr.Forma, is aimed at violin makers who are members of the Cultural District of Violin Making of Cremona, and involves intensive lessons divided into a theory and a practical component. During the theory part the

tutors offer a detailed look at chemical, physical and historic aspects. The practical work involves experimental workshops, during which exercises are completed relating to the subjects covered in the classroom. The lessons are held at Palazzo Fodri. This workshop, divided into at least three different sessions, was repeated during 2018 to allow all registered violin makers to take part, and continues in 2019.

Seminars on acoustics

The first series of events organised by the Politecnico di Milano’s Musical Acoustics Lab involve four sessions on general topics of interest for the violin makers in the District and an update on the progress of the research being undertaken by the Musical Acoustics Lab, based at the Museo del Violino. The main topics of the lessons are vibration in thin sheets of wood; sound production; violin acoustics; and desirable and undesirable acoustic phenomena.

Update on the research conducted by the Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive Diagnostics

Finally, the Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive Diagnostics’ contribution to the training on offer came in the form of updates on its research activities. The programme involved a series of sessions that, in several steps, gave an introduction to the diagnostic research conducted by the laboratory, the areas of research already developed or under development, and the results obtained in recent years during its studies of historic musical instruments. The sessions were classroom-based, with roughly an hour of teaching followed by a Q&A.