Paint a picture: you are at a hotel somewhere in the middle of nowhere in France… Small, cozy lobby, dimmed lights, soft music… It is 2003.

You see a gentleman in his 50ths at the counter of a hotel asking a guy standing there with two other colleagues, "Dima, do you think such a thing called viola da spalla ever existed?"

He was probably one of another 3 or 4 people in the world who had any idea about it.

I did not… LOL.

"Double the depth of the ordinary viola? Yes," I told, " It apparently did exist as it appears to be cleverly designed to play in the cello range"

"Would you like to build one for me?", he asked.

Such was the conversation between Sigiswald Kuijken and myself back in 2003 around a glass of Calvados after a wildly successful concert with La Petite Bande.

Back then, I could not have imagined that one day Google would register a search string "violoncello da spalla".

Just put your hand on the pulse of Google, what do you find?

See the pictures attached.

What does that mean to you?

This is another proof, this is the best time ever in history for you to start and become an ambassador if you would like to:

* Achieve more artistic freedom;
* Obtain a sense of fulfilment;
* Get more recognition;
* Generate more income;
* Play with better musicians; and
* Enjoy a more influential role as a Classical Music ambassador.

Which of the above would be welcome in your life now?

#AmbasciatoreDelVioloncelloDaSpalla #AuthenticInstrumentMakersAcademy #AmbasciatoreAncientTraditionsAlive




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