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Matteo Fedeli - the 1715 Stradivarius - Museum of Art / Trattoria on the Hill

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art

    11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH (map)

    41.509686 -81.611877

  • Meet us no later than 1:40 p.m. outside the Gartner Auditorium or look for us in the first row, center in the balcony. After ask for the Music Cleveland! table at the restaurant.
  • The great violinist Matteo Fedeli is coming from Europe to play a 1715 Stradivarius violin in a special benefit concert for the Italian Cultural Garden!  It will be the first time the Strad has been played in the U.S. !  Mark your calendars now for Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Acclaimed violinist Matteo Fedeli will play the 1715 Stradivarius violin in concert with orchestra. The event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Consulate of Italy. 

    Proceeds of the concert benefit the $1.2 million restoration of the beautiful Italian Cultural Garden in Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park. Tickets: General admission $20, Benefactor tickets $125. RSVPs will open soon with a link to CMA website for tickets. 

    The Artist –

    Matteo Fedeli, "the man of the Stradivarius,” is bringing the enchanting sounds of the best Stradivari violins ever made to the most prestigious concert halls around the world. He has been a concert soloist such exclusive Italian venues as La Scala of Milan, La Fenice in Venice, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Verona, as well as in leading national and international Basilicas. He recently performed the “Concert in Honor of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” in Pavia. Fedeli is a founder, advisor, and member of the Academy String Concert Orchestra of Milan and was awarded the Il Campione 2008 prize for this travelling project “Uno Stadivari per la Gente,” as well as for his charitable initiatives benefitting AISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association. 

    WHO: Matteo Fedeli with the 1715 Stradivarius violin

    WHAT: Concert for the Italian Gardens

    WHEN: Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

    WHERE:  Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art

    TICKETS:  General admission $20, Benefactor tickets $125. RSVPs will open soon with a link to CMA website for tickets. 

    DINNER:  Trattoria on the Hill - Roman Gardens,  12207 Mayfield Road just east of Murray Hill Road.  They have limited free parking next to the restaurant or look for street parking.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is located at 11150 East Boulevard
     in University Circle 44106.

    PARKING:  The museum has an attached parking garage and some limited street parking may be available.

    Live Concert. Matteo Fedeli plays Stradivari 1708 in live performance from Società del Giardino in Milan. Andrea Carcano piano. (click here)



    He is called “the man of the Stradivarius”.
    Thousands of people attend Matteo Fedeli’s concerts, who lives in a world armoured by escorts and secret contacts. In fact the world in which great lute maker’s instruments move, obey a code of extreme discretion. Armed escorts, strict delivery and transfer protocol, diplomatic missions with musicians and owners carried out on tip toe by extremely careful curators.

    These are the people who have recently focused on Matteo Fedeli and his project: “A Stradivarius for the People”, who also saw him perform with the best Stradivarius violins ever made in the world, both in concert halls and in the most beautiful Italian basilicas.

    Matteo Fedeli live from Milan Cathedral Matthew FAITHFUL plays ADIOS NONINO with Antonius Stradivarius 1726 violin (click here)

    Since 1990 he has been a councillor, and first violin since 1995, of the Academy String Concert Orchestra of Milan of which he is an associate founder and active contributor. He has been a concert soloist in the most prestigious Italian concert halls, among which the Scala of Milan, “La Fenice” in Venice and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Verona as well as in the most enthralling national and international Basilicas.

    He uses the best violins ever made in the world when performing his concerts:  “Il Cremonese” 1715, “Vesuvius” 1727, “King of Prussia” 1703, “Sandars” 1695, “Maurin Rubinoff” 1731, “DaVinci” 1725, “Duke of Alba” 1719 and “Reynier, ex Napoleon III” 1681  with which, invited by the Holy See, he performed the “Concert in Honour of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” in Pavia, who then personally
    complemented him on his performance.

    Historically, the interpretation of the Four Seasons Portene by Astor Piazzolla where he used a 4 Stradivarius violins. One for each season. The violins were those of the Cremona’s Town hall. He has been a guest on many famous television programmes broadcast by the RAI and Mediaset and his work is periodically covered in newspapers and magazines. At present he is working on the project: “A Stradivarius for the People” which allows everyone, indiscriminately and for free, to be able to listen to the magnificent violins he uses. His work is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by the Region of Lombardy.

    The editors of the main Italian newspapers awarded him the “Il Campione 2008” prize during a ceremony held at the Isimbardi Palace, seat of the Province of Milan, for his great dedication given to the project “A Stradivarius for the People”. And for his sensibility shown in combining charity initiatives with great musical events he was awarded the Knightly Order pro Merito Melitensi.  He has also been involved with AISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association since 2008.

    Matteo Fedeli web site (click here)

    About the instrument - This wide size instrument is homogeneus in all its parts and it is included in the category of the loud voice Stradivari instruments of 1715. The Cremonese, the Titian, the Emperor, the Alard, belong to this group etc. The one-piece back, the sides and scrawl are of maple, the table is of the best quality. 

    The golden orange varnish is original but scarce. The scrawl is perfect; the preservation is perfect. The sound is brillant and strong. The ressonance is outstanding. This instrument was the favourite of the great Maestro Bazzini for its sound qualities. The voice is loud, egual on all the four strings and perfect. It was later played by Gioconda De Vito. 
    From the catalog Stradivarius Stresa - Exhibition of Antonio Stradivari - Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella - 1963

    Omogeneo in tutte le sue parti, di formato grande, rientra nella categoria degli Stradivari di grande voce, del 1715. A questo gruppo appartengono il Tiziano, l’Imperatore, l’Alard e pochissimi altri. Il fondo è di un pezzo solo di acero, così le fasce ed il riccio. La tavola è di ottima qualità; la vernice arancione dorato, originale ma scarsa, il riccio è perfetto. Conservazione ottima. Il suono è brillante e potente, la sonorità eccezionale. Lo strumento era il preferito da Antonio Bazzini per le sue qualità sonore, La voce è ampia, uguale su tutte le quattro corde e perfetta nell’equilibrio sonoro. 

    Dal catalogo Stradivari Stresa – Mostra di Antonio Stradivari – Palazzo Borromeo, Isola Bella -  1963

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