The Stauffer Center for Strings is the first international music center for higher education, research, composition, production, management and innovation, entirely dedicated to stringed instruments.
The center was founded in 2021 in Cremona, in the headquarters of Palazzo Stauffer (formerly Palazzo Stradiotti), an iconic historic building renovated and converted into a multifunctional campus. Today the building houses the Stauffer Academy and the Stauffer Labs (departments dedicated to creativity and innovation), including an exclusive recital room, a series of study rooms, a recording studio, a multimedia library, a cafeteria and a guesthouse immersed in an enchanting romantic garden.
The Stauffer Center aims to stand out as an advanced and innovative platform of artistic cooperation, a dynamic hub dedicated to fostering, supporting and accompanying the artistic and professional growth of new generations of musicians. It’s a place where artists, teachers and students alike can meet, share ideas, and express their talent and creativity. Cultural diversity and gender equality are core values.
All the center's programs, including the entire curriculum of the Stauffer Academy, are available to a select number of young artists, musicians and professionals of extraordinary talent through full scholarships, a unique opportunity in the field of advanced musical training.
Respect for artistic and cultural heritage, attention to environmental sustainability and the adoption of cutting-edge digital technology are the principles that guide the center in its quest to strike the ideal balance between tradition and innovation.