Cremona Violin Exhibit
For four years, Huthmaker had the honor of hosting the
Cremona (Italy) Violin Exhibit in our shop. Each year, for two fantastic
weeks, we had fifty-plus new violins, violas and 'celli on display from Cremona,
Italy. This exhibit traveled to four other shops across the United States.
To make our exhibit special, we added the American Bow Exhibit, inviting
American bow makers to be a special part of this event.
For each year, we also had Cremonese violin makers and
American bow makers in residence. From Cremona, we hosted Edgar Russ,
Stephano Trabucci, Danielle Tonarelli, Georgio Grisales, Marco Nolli, Marco
Pinncinoti and Mathijs Heyligers.
The first year, we had five violin makers and four bow
makers in residence. The makers were treated like rock stars.
Special lunches with the Mayor of Duluth, television appearances, Southern
dinners, receptions and autograph sessions were part of their schedules.
They each took home a "key" to the city of Duluth.
We are very honored to have a number of fine bow
makers as our special friends. They were our guests for the American Bow
Exhibit. Robert Ray of Olympia, Washington, Lynn Hannings of Portland,
Maine, and Roger Treat of Vermont were some of the makers who joined us.
What a great opportunity for musicians to meet so many
makers and see their work!
We had many events during the Cremona Exhibit such as
Chamber Music Afternoons and the famous "Italian Taste Test." On a Sunday
afternoon, we invited guests to select their favorite violin and/or bow from the
exhibit and we 'tested' them in performances. Each guest gave a
score for the instruments and bows. After the testing, we enjoyed Italian
wines and treats.
Numerous times, the Huthmakers have traveled to
Cremona, Italy to visit our "makers" and pay homage to the legacy of Stradivari.
Each trip, we've been treated to superb Italian meals with our makers and
visited in their shops. When our hotel reservations disappeared during the
Triannale, we slept in Mathijs Heyliger's workshop.
If you have an opportunity to visit Cremona, call
us before you leave and we can introduce you around town.