The art of creating violin - Russian Music Seasons

The art of creating violin

French violin maker Mathias Menanteau works as he makes a viola's belly (soundboard) at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012. Born in France, Menanteau has resided in Britain, Berlin, New York and Paris while honing his skills in making and restoring musical instruments. Besides following the traditional techniques and methods used by eighteenth-century Italian violin makers to create his own bow instruments, Menanteau also adopts the less rigid, scientific approach of dendrochronology - the science of dating events and changes by observing annual growth rings in timber - when restoring these instruments in his workshop. Picture taken December 14, 2012.

The art of creating violin

The art of creating violin. Meeting with the Master

We invite you to look into the magic world of creating a violin and personally get acquainted with the violin maker who creates and restores the violins of the virtuosos of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theaters. The master will reveal the secrets of his craft and demonstrate a collection of musical instruments created by themselves.

In a warm and relaxed atmosphere, during a conversation over a cup of tea, guests will be able to learn the various curious nuances of the process of creating violin, viola and cello. Master will share interesting stories from his experience, tell you what different techniques of restoration of violins of famous world masters (Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, etc.). Among the participants of the meeting will be artists who perform at the most famous scenes of the Cultural capital of Russia. A pleasant end of the meeting will be a small chamber concert.

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