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Thomastik-Infeld Announces Partnership With Stauffer Center for Strings

The renowned string brand will be the exclusive string partner of the international music center in Cremona, Italy, dedicated entirely to stringed instruments


It was recently announced that the inaugural Stauffer Center for Strings will open on International Music Day, October 1, 2021

This new addition to The Stauffer Foundation and original Academy will involve tuition-free Artist Diploma programs for emerging string soloists, string quartets, and concertmasters, soon to embark on international careers.

The center’s collaboration with Thomastik-Infeld is part of its commitment to students and their resources. The center will also adopt select areas of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including quality education.

Thomastik-Infeld also recently launched their Expanded Line of the DOMINANT PRO Violin String Set. Suitable for chamber musicians, soloists, and orchestral musicians, the new set expands upon the possibilities of their DOMINANT strings.

The string brand will join Steinway and Sons, Universal Music Italia, W. E. Hill and Sons, Universal Edition, Pininfarina Architecture, Oracle, and Pentagram, as partners of the Stauffer Center for Strings.

A Thomastik-Infeld artist, the string quartet Quartetto di Cremona who will also serve on the center’s faculty — will be performing at the inauguration. 

“This collaboration will bring many positive benefits for our students at Stauffer Academy,” wrote the center on social media.

“We’re looking forward to this strong and inspiring collaboration,” added Thomastik-Infeld in a Facebook post. 

The Violin Channel will be coming to you directly in-person from Cremona, Italy for the opening ceremony which will be streamed LIVE here on VC.

The Violin Channel will also stream the center’s masterclasses and performances during the academic year. These events will feature artists including Lisa Batiashvili, Daniel Hope, Aleksey Igudesman, Roby Lakatos, Viktoria Mullova, Julian Rachlin, Antoine Tamestit, Lawrence Power, Antonio Meneses, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis, Mischa Maisky, and Alisa Weilerstein.

“[We] will take an extremely integrated approach to our student's training,” new Stauffer Center for Strings Director General Paolo Petrocelli told The Violin Channel.

“And it is our goal to send graduates into their professional careers armed with the tools they need not only to thrive in today’s music industry, but to also recognize ways of improving upon it.”

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