Triennale Competition 2021


XVI Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria Antonio Stradivari
violinviolacellodouble bass




    Dear Maestros,
    In such difficult and complex times and now, more than ever, we need to cope with the current situation looking at the future. We need to plan and promote our best projects for our city and for everyone. In this framework, we are announcing the International “Triennale” Violin-Making Competition – “Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria”. And here Museo del Violino, a jewel and an engine of culture and projects, will once again play a leading role at global level.
    Since the latest edition of the competition, there has been a significant growth. Much has been achieved in previous years, with the Violin-Making District, training and research programmes together with Museo del Violino and a number of universities, involving many violin-makers. And now, in cooperation with UNESCO, the European Union and the Italian Government, we are relentlessly working to define a plan to protect our essence as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the community of violin-makers, with its associations and organisations, must be involved. We need to work together on some key issues, i.e. threats and opportunities, for the artistic craft of violin-making here and everywhere else. In this respect, we are proud to be a model and also a case-study producing valuable recommendations for us and for everyone.
    In this tragic year, we are also endeavouring to support our Maestros, men and women, also at financial level. For instance, together with Cremona trade fair system and “Cremonamusica” – that we succeeded to stage this year – we are defining new forms of relief also in commercial terms.
    Existing relations too – that are meant to be sound and long-term – with Italian Conservatories will result into strong economic and cultural ties between the community of musicians and the community of artisans, between music training, violin-making and restoration.
    In other words, the Triennale Competition is supporting all this buzz and our city is ready to take responsibility and play the role that history has assigned to us.
    As a response to the suffering we are going through, the strain for all our efforts and the tragedy affecting us and the whole world, we are becoming stronger and more proactive.
    Therefore, it is fundamental for us to announce the 16th edition of the Internaltional Triennale Violin-Making Competition Antonio Stardivari and keep working energetically to support our know-how.

    Gianluca Galimberti
    Mayor of Cremona
    President of the  Museo del Violino Foundation

  • It’s for me a special pleasure – after having actively contributed to the organization of the last five editions of the “Triennale” International Competition – to assume the Presidency of the Jury of its 16th edition.
    All Competition procedures have been totally digitalized through the implementation of a specific software, both to simplify the enrollment steps and to speed up the Jury work.
    I will strive to guarantee – as it has always been done in the past – the thorough application of rules and the complete impartiality of the excellent Jury we have selected.
    Hopefully, this Competition will be as exciting and with a high number of participants as the previous years, though it has been launched in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. But optimism is our strength.
    Best wishes to all participants, in the name of friendship and the shared passion for the violinmaking art.

    Paolo Bodini
    Jury’s President

  • ART. 1
    The purpose of the 16th International “Triennale” Violin Making Competition Antonio Stradivari is to compare the worldwide standards of contemporary stringed instrument making and to highlight its best results in a fitting context.
    The competition is inspired by the classical Cremonese Lutherie, recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
    The competition will take place in Cremona, Italy, and will be divided into the following categories:
    a) violin
    b) viola
    c) cello
    d) double bass
    Once the jury has completed its deliberations, the instruments fulfilling the Jury’s exemplary standards of craftsmanship will be exhibited to the public.
    The exhibition of the instruments will take place in Cremona, at the Museo del Violino, Piazza Marconi 5, from September 23rd to October 10th, 2021. During this period it will not be possible to withdraw or replace the instruments.

    ART. 2
    Any full-time professional stringed instrument maker, whether self-employed or not, may participate in the Competition, with no limitation as to nationality, sex or age.
    Those related by family ties, up to the fourth degree, to any member of the Jury and anyone who has been employed by one of those members during the last two years are excluded.

    Applications must be submitted exclusively online on the website no later than May 31st, 2021.
    Any incomplete application will be rejected. Acknowledgement of acceptance will be sent by email.
    Submission of application implies agreement concerning all regulations of the Competition.
    The organizing Foundation reserves its right to verify all applications and to exclude them if incorrect.
    Any irregularity regarding the declared professional position of the applicant, beside determining the exclusion from the Competition, will be reported to the competent Authority.
    By the end of June 2021, the Foundation will communicate to the contestant if he/she has been admitted to the Competition and will ask for further information if necessary.

    ART. 3
    Each contestant may submit no more than two instruments, and no more than one per category. The enrolled instruments must have been made in or after 2018. The gold medal winners in previous editions of the Competition cannot enter an instrument in the same category.

    ART. 4
    Together with the application, through the same webpage the participant must make a payment of € 170,00 with the exclusion of bank charges. This sum gives the right to enroll one instrument and to receive one copy of the exhibition catalogue. For a second instrument a further fee of € 100,00 must be paid.
    The admission fees will not be reimbursed should applicant decide not to participate to the Competition after the application
    has been accepted by the Foundation. Incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will the fees be returned to the applicant.

    ART. 5
    The Jury will not admit instruments to the Competition that:

    1) have already won awards in either national or international competitions;
    2) have been even partially machine-made or varnished by spraying;
    3) break with tradition due to their peculiar form, decoration, colour or woods;
    4) show artificial antiquing in wood or varnish;
    5) have abnormal dimensions. To this effect it has been determined that violas must have a body length
    between 40 and 420 mm and double basses must have a string length between 104 and 110 cm;
    6) show double purfling or other decorations;
    7) show brand names on bridge or other accessories;
    8) are unanimously considered by the Jury, through a written report,
    to be incompatible with the standard of the Competition.

    Technological or composite materials can be used for fingerboard, endbutton, tailpiece and endpin.

    The maker may set up the instrument with strings considered most appropriate. Double basses will be set up with orchestra type strings.
    The instruments enrolled in the Competition must be submitted in a totally anonymous way. Each instrument and its case or shipping crate must be devoid of any signs or elements which could identify the maker. Labels, brands, stamps or monograms of any sort must not be present on the visible internal or external surfaces of the instrument, even if covered. Should an instrument be presented with any such identification, it will be excluded from the Competition.

    ART. 6
    The instruments must be delivered to the Museo del Violino, Piazza Marconi 5, 26100 Cremona during the following days and times:
    Friday September 3rd and Saturday September 4th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm, Sunday September 5th, 2021 from 9 am to 6 pm.
    The instruments can be delivered personally or through a trusted person, who will act as official sender, or through a specialized shipping Company.
    At the time of delivery, in the presence of the deliverer, a condition report of the instrument will be written and undersigned both by the recipient and the deliverer, with specification of the date and time of delivery and the writing “ORIGINALE”. The report will be preserved and returned to deliverer when the instrument will be picked up.
    In case of delivery through a shipping company, opening of the shipping case will be postponed and done by three experts appointed by the Foundation, who will write and undersign a similar report.
    Shipped instruments must be delivered between Monday August 30th and Saturday September 4th, 2021 to the offices of the Fondazione Museo del Violino, between 10 am and 4 pm.

    Together with the instrument, the following items must be delivered:
    1) A sealed envelope with the name of the maker. This envelope will be inserted in a second one provided by the Foundation, which will carry the enrollment number, sealed as well. To further guarantee anonymity, this number will be automatically and randomly converted to a second number that will mark the instrument throughout the Competition. The sealed envelopes will be opened by the Jury’s President only at the end of the judging procedure.
    2) An envelope containing a set of the same strings used for the setup of the instrument, which will be given back at the end of the Competition.
    3) HD photos of instrument’s front and back, on a white background, which will be used to recognize the instrument at the pickup time, in case of disputes.
    4) The printed email showing the acceptance number, received at the time of enrollment.

    The cases or crates containing the instruments will not be kept by the Foundation during the Competition, with the exception of the shipped ones, and will be given back to the deliverer.

    ART. 7
    The international Jury will be composed by the President, five master violinmakers and five musicians, as below specified:

    President: Dr. Paolo Bodini (Italy)

    Luthiers: Carlo Chiesa (Italy), Ulrike Dederer (Switzerland), Joseph Grabaugh (USA), Simeone Morassi (Italy), Yuri Pochekin (Russia)

    Musicians: Diemut Poppen (Germany) viola, Francesco Siragusa (Italy) doublebass, Henri Demarquette (France) cello, Dan Zhu (China) violin, Edoardo Zosi (Italy) violin.

    All decisions of the Jury are final. The President organizes and leads the works of the Jury, but does not participate
    in instruments’ scoring. The contestants will be promptly notified if any change in Jury’s composition should be made by the Foundation.

    ART. 8
    Within the Jury, stringed instrument makers and musicians will work in two separate groups.
    For artistic/constructional qualities, luthiers may assign up to 500 points (100 points per juror). The instruments that do not reach the minimum score of 300 points for artistic/constructional qualities will not be submitted to the acoustic tests; however, they may be exhibited and published on the Competition catalogue, with the sole and exclusive concurrence of the Jury.
    For acoustic qualities, musicians may assign a maximum of 400 points (80 points per juror). The evaluation of playability will be expressed only by the musician who plays the instrument during the acoustic tests and acknowledged by the other musicians of the Jury.
    For each category a referral instrument, chosen by the Jury among previous Competition winners, will be used for acoustic evaluation.
    Each mark – from 1 to 10 for luthiers and from 1 to 8 for musicians – will be multiplied by the following coefficients:

    1) Artistic/constructional qualities:
    a) Technical level of work 26% coeff. of 2.6
    b) Set up 21% coeff. of 2.1
    c) Quality of varnish 22% coeff. of 2.2
    d) Overall style and character 31% coeff. of 3.1
    2) Acoustic characteristics:
    a) Quality of timbre 35% coeff. of 3.5
    b) Strength of tone 25% coeff. of 2.5
    c) Balance between strings 20% coeff. of 2.0
    d) Playability 20% coeff. of 2.0

    The total number of points will determine the merit ranking. The instruments which the Jury will consider eligible in accordance with their score, will take part in the final acoustic test, which will be open to public; during this trial the instruments will be played both as “solo” starting with a scale in G major for violins (D major for the other instruments) and with piano accompaniment.
    For what concerns the violins, being two the violinists in the Jury, one will perform the solo pieces, while the other one the accompanied pieces, in each case playing the scale at the beginning.

    Each juror will assign up to 10 points and thus the Jury, as a whole, will be able to allocate a total of 100 points to the examined instruments. The total number of points, calculated by adding up the points gained by each instrument in the final and the preceding tests, will determine the winners of the Competition, the second and third prizes and the honorable mentions.
    The list of the instruments admitted to the final acoustic test will be published in due time on the Foundation’s website, labeled by the enrolling numbers assigned to them at the time of their submission to the Competition. These numbers will remain undisclosed until the end of the Competition.

    ART. 9
    The International Competition Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Foundation – Cremona offers four prizes, which may not be shared among instruments, as hereby specified:

    for the best violin: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 16,000.00;
    for the best viola: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 16,000.00;
    for the best violoncello: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 24,000.00;
    for the best double bass: gold medal, honor certificate, and purchase of the instrument by the Foundation for € 24,000.00.

    (In this respect, please note that the prizes are inclusive of VAT according to European tax laws and inclusive of custom duties for non-EU countries).

    Four silver medals and a prize of € 2,000.00 each for those classified second in each of the four categories.
    Four bronze medals and a prize of € 1,000.00 each for those classified third in each of the four categories.
    • The Jury may award further honor mentions to finalists in each of the four categories.

    Prizes for second and third place are kindly offered by the Chamber of Commerce – Cremona.

    – The Municipality of Cremona will award the “Simone Fernando Sacconi” prize, consisting of a gold medal, to the contestant under 30 years of age on 31/12/2021 who, according to the final decision of the Jury, is considered the most deserving.
    – The “Walter Stauffer” Centre of Musicology will award a gold medal to the contestant who has presented the best instrument for acoustic qualities.
    – “Pierangelo Balzarini” award (private): gold medal to the Cremonese maker who has reached the highest score in one of the four categories for artistic/constructional qualities.
    A.L.I. award (offered by Associazione Liutaria Italiana): silver plate to be given to an Italian maker not classified among the first three of any category, for an instrument with peculiar personality within the Italian tradition and culture.
    – “Cremona Mondomusica” prize (offered by CremonaFiere) consisting in a stand for single exhibitor in Cremona Mondomusica 2022 for each of gold medal winners.
    – The Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte will award a prize of € 1,000.00 to the best classified foreign violinmaker, regularly working in Italy.
    – “Giorgio Cè” award (private): prize of € 1,000.00 to the Cremonese female violinmaker with the best instruments as far as varnish is concerned.
    – “Piero Ferraroni” award (private): prize of € 1,000.00 for the best carving of a cello scroll.

    It is permissible for multiple awards to be won by a single contestant.
    All contestants admitted to the Competition will receive a certificate of participation. A complete color catalogue of the admitted instruments will be published by the Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Foundation – Cremona. A copy of the catalogue will be given to all the violinmakers enrolled in the Competition, without further charge.
    The winning instruments in the respective category will be placed on permanent display open to public in the premises of the Fondazione Museo del Violino in Cremona, and may, at the discretion of the Foundation, be temporarily entrusted to musicians.

    ART. 10
    Once the Jury has finalized its decisions regarding marks and placement, the envelopes containing the names of the contestants will be opened and the results of the Competition will be published after the award ceremony.
    Each contestant will be able to download from the Foundation’s website his/her own card reporting the assigned marks.
    All marks will be published on the Foundation website listed by enrollment numbers.
    The envelopes related to instruments not admitted to the Competition will remain sealed until the Competition results have been published.
    On Thursday, September 23rd the Jury members will meet the competitors who will ask for, at a time to be communicated before the end of the Competition.

    ART. 11
    The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 22nd in the Amilcare Ponchielli theatre at 8.30 pm, followed by a concert on the winning instruments.

    ART. 12
    After the end of the exhibition, instruments, spare strings and photos can be retrieved only by a person exhibiting the consignment receipt marked “ORIGINALE”.
    All instruments must be collected within 3 days after the end of exhibition. Any instrument not collected in due time will be stored in the Foundation premises at the cost of € 20,00 for each week or week’s portion.

    ART. 13
    The Foundation will insure the instruments against the risks of fire, theft and accidental damage. Conventionally, the insured values are as follows:
    1. € 8,000.00 for each violin
    2. € 10,000.00 for each viola
    3. € 15,000.00 for each violoncello and double bass.
    The insurance coverage is valid from the moment the instrument is delivered to the Foundation until the time of withdrawal or when instruments not retrieved are deposited in the Museo del Violino Antonio Stradivari Foundation – Cremona premises as specified in Art. 12.

    ART. 14
    In the event of any controversy arising from interpretation or application of the above Regulations, only the court in Cremona will have jurisdiction.

    ART. 15
    The English translation of these Regulations is solely for the convenience of the contestants. In the event of controversial nterpretation, only the Italian text will be considered valid.

    Any requests for information or other correspondence should be addressed to:



    medaglia d’oro violino: non assegnato
    medaglia d’oro viola: non assegnato
    medaglia d’oro violoncello: Kazune Nemoto
    medaglia d’oro contrabbasso: Mariotto Guido

    medaglia d’argento violino: Piotr Pielaszek
    medaglia d’argento viola: Crabbé Emilio Kusi
    medaglia d’argento violoncello: Peiretti Alessandro
    medaglia d’argento contrabbasso: Pralea Gabriele

    medaglia di bronzo violino: Bellei Marcello
    medaglia di bronzo viola: Viaud Noémie
    medaglia di bronzo violoncello: Krupa Marcin e Nagaishi Hayato (ex aequo)
    medaglia di bronzo contrabbasso: non assegnato


    premio Simone Fernando Sacconi: Piotr Pielaszek
    premio Walter Stauffer: Mariotto Guido
    premio Pierangelo Balzarini: Nagaishi Hayato
    premio Ali: Takahashi Akira
    premio Cremona Mondomusica: Kazune Nemoto e Mariotto Guido
    premio Fondazione Cologni: Kazune Nemoto
    premio Giorgio Cè: Kang Soo Kyung
    premio “Piero Ferraroni” Im Dong Pil
    premio “Polish Union of Artist Violin Makers Polonia”: Bellei Marcello

    Jost Marianne (violino)
    Gauchet Fabienne (violino)
    Sbernini Adele (violino)
    Cavanna Marcelo (violino)
    Piotr Pielaszek (viola)
    Mahu Philippe (viola)
    Osio Marco (viola)
    Ribes Sebastian (violoncello)
    Im Dong Pil (violoncello)

  • Paolo Bodini (IT)

    Violin Makers







    (DD) viola

    Siragusa (IT)

    (FR) cello

    (IT) violin

    (CN) violin



  • fotografie di Cristian Chiodelli per MdV


    I Triennale 1976
    violino – Giorgio Ce’ (Italia)
    viola – Piero Badalassi (Italia)
    violoncello – Erminio Malagutti (Italia)

    II Triennale 1979
    violino – Augustin Andreas (Germania)
    viola – Alexander Muradov – U.R.S.S.
    violoncello – Roger Graham Hargrave (Gran Bretagna)

    III Triennale 1982
    violino – Sonoda Nobuhiro (Giappone/Germania)
    viola – David Burgess (Stati Uniti)

    IV Triennale 1985
    violino – David Gusset (Stati Uniti)
    viola – Nicola Lazzari (Italia)
    violoncello – Primo Pistoni (Italia)

    V Triennale 1988
    violino – Marcello Ive (Italia)
    viola – Dante Fulvio Lazzari (Italia)
    violoncello – Pierangelo Balzarini (Italia)
    contrabbasso – Marco Nolli (Italia)

    VI Triennale 1991
    violino – Luca Sbernini (Italia)
    violoncello – Luca Sbernini (Italia)

    VII Triennale 1994
    violino – Helmut Muller (Germania)
    violoncello – Alessandro Voltini (Italia)

    VIII Triennale 1997
    violino – Primo Pistoni (Italia)
    viola – Christopher Rowe (Gran Bretagna)

    IX Triennale 2000
    violino – Kolja Jens Lochmann (Germania)
    viola – Marcus Klimke (Germania)
    violoncello – Kolja Jens Lochmann (Germania)

    X Triennale 2003
    violino – Jan Baptista Špidlen (Repubblica Ceca)
    violoncello – Raymond Schryer (Canada)

    XI Triennale 2006 violoncello
    Francesco Toto (Italia)

    XII Triennale 2009
    violino – Marko Pennanen (Finlandia)
    viola – Antoine Cauche (Francia)
    violoncello – Silvio Levaggi (Italia)

    XIII Triennale 2012
    violino – Ulrich Hinsberger (Germania)
    viola – Ulrike Dederer(Germania/Svizzera)
    contrabbasso – Marco Nolli (Italia)

    XIV Triennale 2015
    viola – Charles Coquet (Francia)

    XV Triennale 2018
    violino –  Nicolas Bonet (Francia)
    violoncello – Gawang Jung (Corea del Sud)

    XVI Triennale 2021
    violoncello –  Kazune Nemoto (Giappone/Italia)
    contrabbasso – Mariotto Guido (Italia)