Housed in the spectacular 17th Century Palazzo Stradiotti building, elite-level students will be offered the unique opportunity to navigate their own post-graduate string performance education with additional exposure to musicological research, composition, violin making, music production, artist management, innovation, and technology courses.
The opening ceremony, presented today on October 1st, International Music Day, features special guests including Italy’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, Stauffer Center for Strings professors Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Franco Petracchi, and the Quartetto di Cremona, and alumni Francesca Dego and Daniel Palmizio, as well as Stauffer Center for Strings partners Steinway and Sons, Universal Music Italia, W. E. Hill & Sons, Thomastik-Infeld, and Pininfarina Architecture.
The Stauffer Foundation and original Academy were founded in 1970 by Swiss philanthropist Walter Stauffer, with the core mission of providing one of the world’s best training programs for string musicians, traditional violin-making, and musicology — which has stayed steadfast today.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1, 2021 | 5:30 AM (ET)
STAUFFER CENTER FOR STRINGS — CREMONA, ITALY
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
„Like all industries, music, and especially classical music, needs to adapt with the times in order to stay culturally relevant and to ensure that careers are sustainable,“ new Stauffer Center for Strings Director General Paolo Petrocelli told The Violin Channel.
„Now, the demands of classical musicians are higher than ever, and not necessarily just in terms of one’s musical and performance ability — performers also must be proficient in business. They must know how to utilize their resources to discover new and meaningful ways of engaging audiences and they need to learn how to record, and how to maintain relationships with presenters, and so much more,“ he said.
„The Stauffer Center for Strings will take an extremely integrated approach to our student’s training, and it is our goal to send graduates into their professional careers armed with the tools they need not only to thrive in today’s music industry, but to also recognize ways of improving upon it.“
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