Amati Ensemble Commemorates Amati's 500th Anniversary
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andrea Amati, the Cremonese founder of the famous Italian violin-making dynasty spanning four generations. Amati and his sons are regarded as the founders of the modern violin, establishing the sizes and proportions used today. To commemorate the anniversary, the Amati Ensemble will perform a gala concert. All the stringed instruments used at the concert—including the violins, violas, cellos, and double basses—will be original instruments made by the Amati family throughout the centuries. It is believed this will be the first time so many Amatis will be played at one concert, including a chamber orchestra. The premiere will take place on March 6 at the Municipal Theater of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The Amati Ensemble hosts a popular chamber music series in that city and violinist Gil Sharon, founder of the ensemble, is first concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Maastricht.