Working in the shadow of the great masters, the violin-makers of Italy's Cremona are valiantly fighting a shrinking market and foreign competition as they seek perfection, one violin at a time.  The birthplace of Stradivarius, Cremona is a veritable laboratory for luthiers from all over the world, where violin workshops seem to be everywhere you lo...

The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any musician, and only the best in the world have had the wonderful opportunity to get close to one of the 450 that still exist. Their creator was Antonio Stradivari, a luthier who lived in Cremona from 1644 to 1737 and was famous for the par...

De Ann Letourneau will be a small footnote in the history of the Earl Falmouth Stradivarius when she plays it this weekend. The $6.6 million violin has changed hands and stages countless times in the centuries since it was first fashioned. And its next appointment will be March 6 in the hands of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concertmaster at Festa S...

You don’t need to be a music expert to know the name “Stradivari”  (or Stradivarius, its latinized version). Along with his lesser known, but just as talented, Cremonese luthiers colleagues, Amati and Guarneri, he wrote a considerable piece of the history of music. Born around 1644, his family was old Cremona through and through, with deeds signed...

The Las Vegas Philharmonic is bringing five illustrious Stradivarius violins to Las Vegas for a series of events March 6-8, 2020 that highlight the prestigious and valuable violins produced by legendary Italian instrument-maker, Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestra will feature virtuosi violinists to perform on these ins...

An extraordinary Stradivarius violin will be treated with nanotechnology to preserve it in the future. This is what the orchestra director Mauro Ivano Benaglia proposes, who plays the instruments of the famous Cremonese luthier during his concerts. The research was started in the laboratories of a company based in Milan called "4ward360". 4ward360...

Florencia Rastelli was mortified. As an expert barista, she had never spilled a single cup of coffee, she said. But last Monday, as she wiped the counter at Chiave di Bacco, the cafe where she works, she knocked over a glass and it shattered loudly on the floor. The customers all stood still, petrified, Ms. Rastelli recalled. “I was like: Of all da...