IMG_2511November 22nd, 2014. A day I will always remember. I have to thank a very special person, which has a special place in my heart: Arianna Soldani. She is part of my life here in Florence, a true friend and a reliable, talented member of the association “Friends of the Museum of Musical Instruments” (Associazione “Amici del Museo degli Strumenti Musicali”).

Many visitors of the museum of the Gallery of Fine Arts in Florence, known as the Galleria dell’Accademia, often just want to see the original David by Michelangelo and his “Prisoners”, too often ignoring the musical section. Next time you will visit the museum, please I highly recommend to visit also this section. It hosts one of the most amazing collection of musical instruments which belong to the Granduke’s collection, Medici and Lorena.
When the museum was created, together with the cooperation of the Conservatory of Music Studies “Luigi Cherubini” of Florence, there was a debate about the instruments. They are very precious and very delicate. Should they just be kept in a controlled environment behind glass or should they be played? These instruments were created to make music, but was about their conservation? It is a big dilemma I have to admit, but after last night concert, I definitely agree that with all the precaution needed, these magnificent instruments must be played.
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I had the pleasure to be one of the 150 guests invited to assist an amazing concert in the Accademia Gallery museum, with David as background, listening the the maestro Andrea Nannoni performing Bach, Suite n.1, n.3, n.5 on the cello by Antonio Stardivari, which was created in 1690 for the grand prince Ferdinando dè Medici.
Last time this instrument was played was in 1911, during a concert organized by the students of the conservatory of music studies “Luigi Cherubini” which at the time was known as “Regio Istituto Muscicale fiorentino”.
It is impossible to describe what I felt with words. The cello is one of the only 2 Stradivari’s still existing today which were not modified in the size, the proportion of the belly are still today the original one of the end of the XVII century.
Of this instruments was wrote:” Its voice is robust, even, smooth, especially on the 4th cord which is of an intensity and a softness highly exceptional”.
The possibility to hear the sound of this instrument after more than 100 years it was absolutely an amazing opportunity of historical and artistic value.

My warmest regards to Arianna Soldani of the association “Friends of the Museum of Musical Instrument” of the Accademia Gallery and its president Ettore D’elia. To Flora Gagliardi and Giampiero Basile, Director and President of the Conservatory of Music Studies “Luigi Cherubini”.
I want to thank also my friend and colleague Irene Buoncristiani for accompanying me in this amazing event.
Thank you.