Wood carver Livio di Marchi’s celebrated ’Noah’s violin’ took to the waters of the Venetian canals last week as a test run to its official launch in September. While the plan is for musicians from the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory to perform works by Vivaldi at the launch, this time just a lone cellist was perched onboard the violin’s bridge, playing the Prelude from Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello no.1.

The violin symbolises the ‘rebirth’ of Venice following the Covid-19 pandemic as the sculpture aims to ’spread art through music on this violin’

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