Paganini Violin Exchange


Considered by many to be the most famous violin in the world, GCSCI is collaborating with Columbus City Council, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Palazzo Doria -Tursi in Genoa to arrange for  Niccolò Paganini’s “Cannone” 276-year old violin to come to Columbus from May 11 – 19, 2019. 

This prized instrument has not been in the United States since 2003, when it was performed on in New York City. Constructed in 1743 by Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri, the “Cannone” is most famous for the rich and powerful sounds it produces. This Italian national treasure is on permanent display at the Palazzo Doria-Tursi in Genoa and it rarely leaves, making this visit to Columbus truly historic.

The violin will be displayed at the Columbus Museum of Art from May 11 – 19. On Wednesday, May 15, the Columbus Symphony Concertmaster, Joanna Frankel, will perform on the “Cannone” violin in a concert dedicated to Paganini.  The violin will be accompanied by the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, who will travel to Columbus looking for opportunities in education, economic development and tourism.

This violin is a fragile and irreplaceable relic that symbolizes one of Italy’s most celebrated and beloved artists. Take advantage of your opportunity to experience a performance which highlights Genoa’s global contribution to art, history and culture.

Program Dates
May 11 – 19, 2019 – On Display at the Columbus Museum of Art
Wednesday, May 15 – Columbus Symphony performance
Genoa, Italy
Paganini’s “Cannone” Violin is presented by