This Italian Town Is the World Capital of Violin Making. How to Plan a Music-focused Trip

May 19, 2024 141

BY: Julie Orringer

When I was my son's age — 13 — it wouldn’t have occurred to me to connect music and travel. I was a reluctant violinist, and would have quit in an instant if my mother had let me. When I brought it up, she would quote master violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki: “Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” And that would be the end of the conversation.

The farthest we traveled for music’s sake was to a neighboring town for a workshop or to a larger city for a concert. My kids inherited the music gene from my mother, who died before they were born. At four my son asked for piano lessons, and when he was five I agreed. He’s been an ardent pianist since, in love with Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and whoever else he happens to be playing.

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