Paganini Violin ExchangeArts and Cultural Exchanges
Our Sister City
In May 2019, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) partnered
with our sister city of Genoa, Italy to bring Niccolò Paganini’s treasured “Il
Cannone” violin to Columbus. This beautiful instrument is over 275 years old and is considered by many to be the most important violin in the world.
During its stay, the violin was on display to the public at the Columbus Museum of Art. On May 15, Columbus Symphony Concertmaster, Joanna Frankel, performed on the violin to a sold-out audience at the Ohio Theatre. The Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci led a delegation from Genoa to celebrate this historic exchange.