Academia Cremonensis


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The Academy

Academia Cremonensis is an international academy of violin-making and bow-making located in the eighteenth century noble palace Mina-Bolzesi, built in an unique position in the centre of Cremona.

This exceptionally building and its exclusive rooms inspires the students and teachers in their daily work and education. The Academia holds a strong position in the cultural life of the city and it is an important meeting point.

Classroom teaching is supported by the highest quality materials and complete equipment selected and developed by the Academia Cremonensis, so every student will experience the access to a professional work environment. They also have knowledge of the cultural and social context of violin making, taking their professional responsibilities seriously.

Most of the lesson hours are individual and take place in each student’s workbench, in support of those practices we provide focused and collective theory lessons.

The Academia supports and promotes an independent and responsible personal and professional growth, thanks to the original working method based on values ​​and inspirations.

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Educational Offer

A path that allows you to know the basic notions of violin making, from the choice of the wood, the choice of the correct tools for all the phases of construction, to how to build a violin, viola or cello.

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This master is the only one that allows you to choose 4 different specializations:



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Short courses are useful for continuing professional development, refreshing your knowledge, or exploring a new area of interest. Many of our annual degree programs are split into courses or modules that can be studied individually.

Short courses for people who are interested in this sector, developed on short workshops that will allow you to understand the basic processes to build your instrument with the best professionals

For over 30 years in Cremona, the Maestros of Academia Cremonensis have been devoted to the study of violinmaking and its markets.

A new violinmaking Academy for global generation

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The combination

of workshops and conceptual hours, in which the student's practical activities are considered the essential part of the study, is what makes the experience of all Academia Cremonensis education programs unique.

There are no “textbooks” as such as all students have constant insights and content from teachers and are encouraged to record the experiences made during the semesters, basically producing their “textbooks”.


Finally, Academia Cremonensis produces graduates who are technically and academically advantaged compared to their public-school counterparts and who constantly get prizes in international competitions, often with instruments built over the school years.

One of the delights of slow violin-making is the experiences in between. The unexpected and unplanned, the strange and sometimes wonderful feelings you end up in discovering the unique and surprising in each piece of wood.
Luca Maria Gallo

The modern violin maker must be trained in such a way as to reach a perfect level of creative dexterity, so as to elevate his work beyond the reference of the senses.

Nicholas Gamberini
Managing director/ Teacher
The close interaction between Masters and apprentices is fundamental to the learning of the secrets of these Arts whose incomparable Masters: Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati brought international renown to Cremona.
Academia Cremonensis


Giovanni Colonna
Founder/ Board Chair
Nicholas Gamberini
Managing Director
Fabio Perrone
Cultural Director
Luca Bregoli
Foundational Course Teacher
Luca Maria Gallo
Taster course and Certificate course Teacher
Massimo Atzeni
Repair and Restoration Course Teacher
Ichiro Tsutsumi
Teacher Bow Making
Francesco Cortesi
Foundational Course Teacher
Martin Stoyanov
Foundational Course Teacher


Visit Academia Cremonensis

To be updated on all the Academy events, check out all the upcoming events. 

Get along to some open days if you can, where you’ll be able to meet staff who teach the courses as well as current students.
Here there will be plenty of opportunities to get your questions answered, get a feel to the place, and help you make your decision!

We’re sure Academia Cremonensis has a lot to offer to you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Next Events

September 11, 2023

What | “Innovation and Expression” Concert

Where | Academia Cremonensis, Via Giovanni Mari Platina 66, Cremona

Time | 5:00 pm

Join us for an enchanting evening of classical music featuring the exceptional duo of Agata Maria Raatz and Marcin Fleszad. They will perform pieces from the Romantic repertoire, including the Schumann and Debussy Sonatas, in our beautiful hall.

In addition to these timeless classics, the duo will present a unique composition, “Cremona Virus,” written by Clara Jaz (pseudonym of Agata Maria Raatz), adding an element of innovation to the performance.

This exclusive event is available by invitation only. If you wish to secure an invitation, kindly reach out to us.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of music and innovation at Academia Cremonensis.



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