The award-giving ceremony of the 16th "Antonio Stradivari International Triennial Violin Making Competition" took place on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at the Amilcare Ponchielli theater in Cremona. 

The exhibition, considered the Olympics of violin-making and promoted by the Stradivari Foundation, was a privileged opportunity to exchange ideas and considerations between instrument-makers and musicians from all over the world: 261 artisans of 35 nationalities registered in the competition, makers of violins, violas, cellos and double basses. Two gold medals for cello and double bass respectively went to Kazune Nemoto and Guido Mariotto. 

Nemoto, Japanese by origin, but Cremonese by adoption, also won the special prize assigned by the Cologni Foundation, given to the best luthier of foreign origin, residing and working in Italy.  Until 14 October it will be possible to admire the instruments in the Andrea Amati Pavilion of the Violin Museum, Cremona, in the rooms where masterpieces by Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri are housed, to underline  the continuity of a tradition that unites the historical workshops and the modern laboratories.