A copy of Paganini’s violin with signatures of many of today’s greatest violinists to be auctioned for a social cause

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The ’Il Cannone Giramondo’ violin interior, with signatures of many well-known violinists

Photo credit © Amorim Fine Violins

A modern copy of the ‘Il Cannone’ by Guarneri ‘del Gesú’, famously played by Paganini, is touring the world - though not via concerts.

The ‘Il Cannone Giramondo’ is living up to its globetrotting namesake: the violin is being signed by famous violinists from around the world with the intention of auctioning off the instrument to benefit musical education for children in Brazil.

The violin, made by Luiz Amorim of Amorim Fine Violins in Cremona, was first signed by the ambassador of the project Francesca Dego, who recently released a recording made with the original ’Il Cannone’ Guarneri  ‘del Gesú’ violin.

Watch Francesca Dego play and sign the violin here:

The violin is now travelling the world, as in its name, giramondo – globetrotter, obtaining signatures and the support of many famous violinists of today. Violinists who have pledged their support include Augustin Hadelich, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope, Philippe Quint, Shlomo Mintz, David Garrett and Roman Simovic. 

’I think it’s a wonderful idea, and it’s great that is for such a good cause, it’s nice to be part of it amongst these wonderful colleagues,’ said Daniel Hope.

The violin will be auctioned off to raise funds for Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, which aims to bring musical opportunities to culturally under-served youths through the educational power of art, as well as using music to drive social change and development. 

The sale will take place on a date yet to be confirmed in 2022.

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