Dr. Paolo Bodini
Text excerpt from Paolo Bodini on the Craft of Violinmaking
Dr. Paolo Bodini’s affiliation with Si-Yo as a trustee is particularly fitting: Much of his life has been dedicated to the craft of violinmaking in Cremona, Italy—the birthplace of the Stradivarius violin.
Former mayor of Cremona (1995–2005), Dr. Bodini holds positions at two Si-Yo Arts Partners™: He is Executive Director for Violinmaking Affairs at Museo del Violino, and President of Friends of Stradivari.
In the years since his mayorship, Dr. Bodini has focused on reviving the art of violinmaking in Cremona, which had lagged after the “golden age” that lasted until the end of the 17th century. He believes it to be not only an important economic pillar of the city, but also something of international historical significance, as demonstrated by UNESCO's addition of Cremonese violinmaking tradition to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.