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In this video, violist and violinist of the Quartetto di Cremona Simone Gramaglia and Paolo Andreoli share their thoughts on playing two fine Amati instruments. 

The musicians were loaned a 1574 Andrea Amati viola and 1656 Nicolò Amati violin from the Chimei Museum. Gramaglia and Andreoli performed on the instruments during the quartet’s recent tour to Taiwan from 11 to 19 June 2023, which was organised by BachInspiration Taiwan.

‘What can I say about the viola? One of the best I’ve ever played,’ says Gramaglia in the video.

They share an excerpt of a performance of Mozart’s duo for violin and viola no.1, recorded in the Chimei Concert Hall.

The loan of the two Amati instruments meant the quartet performed on a set of Amatis, as violinist Cristiano Gualco plays on a 1640 Nicolò Amati, while cellist Giovanni Scaglione plays on a 1712 Dom Nicolò Amati cello.

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