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“Il Cannone” with the Columbus Symphony

Rossen Milanov, Conductor

Paganini's Violin Comes to Columbus

Columbus Symphony Concertmaster Joanna Frankel will perform on Paganini’s Il Cannone violin. The violin has not been played in the United States since 2003 and is known for its powerful and full sound. Join the Columbus Symphony as they celebrate its sister city relationship with Genoa by playing music from the celebrated Niccolo Paganini.

Paganini Violin Exchange Program 

Niccolò Paganini is considered by many to be the best musician of his time. Born in the Columbus sister city of Genoa, Italy he revolutionized the music of his time. To this day, he is one of few musicians who is consistently linked with one instrument. 

Constructed in 1743 by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri, the “Cannone” violin is most known for the rich and powerful sounds it produces. This Italian national treasure is on permanent display at the Palazzo Doria-Tursi in Genoa and has not been in the United States since 2003!

Partnering with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Museum of Art and Columbus City Council, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) is planning to bring Paganini’s most treasured violin to Columbus, Ohio. This violin is a fragile and irreplaceable relic that symbolizes one of Italy’s most celebrated and beloved artists.

The violin’s visit to Columbus provides an opportunity to experience a musical experience which highlights Genoa’s global contribution to art, history and culture. Highlighting the importance of this exchange, a delegation led by the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, will accompany the violin to Columbus.

Thanks to the generous support from Columbus City Council, the Harold C. Schott Foundation and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the violin will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art from May 11–19 with a performance by the Columbus Symphony on May 15 at the historic Ohio Theatre.