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 11 gold medals for cello have been awarded. There was no gold medal awarded for cello at the 3rd, 8th, 13th, or 14th Triennale competitions.
Of the 11 gold medals awarded for cello, cello makers from Italy dominate with 7 of the 11 gold medals. Cello makers from Germany have earned two gold medals, and and cello makers from Canada and South Korea have each won one gold medal for cello.