The 10 Viola Makers Who Have Won the Gold Medal for Viola at the Cremona Triennale Competition

INSTRUMENTS ON DISPLAY AT THE CREMONA TRIENNALE VIOLIN MAKING COMPETITION

INSTRUMENTS ON DISPLAY AT THE CREMONA TRIENNALE VIOLIN MAKING COMPETITION

Known as the “Olympics of violin making,” the Antonio Stradivari International Triennial Competition of Stringed Instruments”- in Italian Concorso Triennale Internazionale degli Strumenti ad Arco Antonio Stradivari - often referred to simply as the “Triennale” - is one of the premier international violin and bow making competitions in the world and takes place every three years in Cremona, Italy.

There have been 15 total Triennale competitions, although only 10 gold medals for viola have been awarded. There was no gold medal awarded for viola at the 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, or 15th Triennale competitions.

Of the 10 gold medals awarded for viola, viola makers from Italy and France lead the way, with 3 gold medals for each country. The remaining four gold medals belong to the US, UK, Russia, and Switzerland.

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The Complete List of all 10 Gold Medal Winners for Viola at the Cremona Triennale Competition

Badalassi, Piero (Italy) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 1st Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1976

Muradov, Alexander (Russia) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 2nd Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1979

Burgess, David (USA) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 3rd Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1982

Lazzari, Nicola (Italy) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 4th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1985

Lazzari, Dante Fulvio (Italy) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 5th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1988

Rowe, Christopher (UK) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 8th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 1997

Klimke, Marcus (France) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 9th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition the in 2000

Cauche, Antoine (France) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 12th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 2009

Dederer, Ulrike (Switzerland) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 13th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 2012

Coquet, Charles (France) - awarded a gold medal for viola at the 14th Cremona Triennale Lutherie Competition in 2015