He is called “the man of the Stradivarius”.
Thousands of people attend Matteo Fedeli’s concerts, who lives in a world armoured by escorts and secret contacts. In fact the world in which great lute maker’s instruments move, obey a code of extreme discretion. Armed escorts, strict delivery and transfer protocol, diplomatic missions with musicians and owners carried out on tip toe by extremely careful curators.
These are the people who have recently focused on Matteo Fedeli and his project: “A Stradivarius for the People”, who also saw him perform with the best Stradivarius violins ever made in the world, both in concert halls and in the most beautiful Italian basilicas.
Since 1990 he has been a councillor, and first violin since 1995, of the Academy String Concert Orchestra of Milan of which he is an associate founder and active contributor. He has been a concert soloist in the most prestigious Italian concert halls, among which the Scala of Milan, “La Fenice” in Venice and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Verona as well as in the most enthralling national and international Basilicas.
He uses the best violins ever made in the world when performing his concerts: “Il Cremonese” 1715, “Vesuvius” 1727, “King of Prussia” 1703, “Sandars” 1695, “Maurin Rubinoff” 1731, “DaVinci” 1725, “Duke of Alba” 1719 and “Reynier, ex Napoleon III” 1681 with which, invited by the Holy See, he performed the “Concert in Honour of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” in Pavia, who then personally
complemented him on his performance. Historically, the interpretation of the Four Seasons Portene by Astor Piazzolla where he used a 4 Stradivarius violins. One for each season. The violins were those of the Cremona’s Town hall. He has been a guest on many famous television programmes broadcast by the RAI and Mediaset and his work is periodically covered in newspapers and magazines. At present he is working on the project: “A Stradivarius for the People” which allows everyone, indiscriminately and for free, to be able to listen to the magnificent violins he uses. His work is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and by the Region of Lombardy. The editors of the main Italian newspapers awarded him the “Il Campione 2008” prize during a ceremony held at the Isimbardi Palace, seat of the Province of Milan, for his great dedication given to the project “A Stradivarius for the People”. And for his sensibility shown in combining charity initiatives with great musical events he was awarded the Knightly Order pro Merito Melitensi. He has also been involved with AISM, the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association since 2008.