Even the most precious violins have to be played and instruments at the Museo del Violino, in Cremona, the home of Stradivarius, get an airing on a regular basis at lunchtime performances in the museum’s stunning auditorium.
Today, the Lark Music team toured the museum, admired the Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri before sotting down to listen to Lena Yokoyama play Vesuvio, a 1727 Antonio Stradivari violin.
Her flawless performance of extracts of Bach, Vivaldi, Massenet and Bizet made all the better with fine acoustics was yet another highlight of our visit to Cremona.
At an exclusive after-performance chat Lena Yokoyama told us she only had 20 minutes’ practice - and then she was heading off to Turin to rehearse with Trio Kanon.
She couldn’t join our party tonight but we pledged to meet again!
It was the first time Harry Maynard and Dan Bodell from our claims department had visited Cremona - and they now know much more about the construction, craftsmanship and history of the greatest string instruments ever made.
There are 700 moulds, drawings and tools in the museum, rescued by Bolognese violinmaker Giuseppe Fiorini, and given to Cremona in 1930.