COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Paganini violin is 276 years old. Wednesday, in the hands of modern-day virtuoso Joanna Frankel, it came to life again.
The violin rarely leaves its home in the Columbus sister city of Genoa, Italy. It is rarely played. In fact, the Mayor of Genoa says he has only heard it played twice before.
Mayor Marco Bucci considers the violin to be a piece of art that now helps connect the two cities, the two cultures.
“It is a good sign of being a sister city, Genoa and Columbus. Not only for Christopher Columbus who was a big leader and a big navigator from Genoa, but also for Paganini who was a very good musician, very expert and very famous at that time,” said Bucci.
Paganini was incredibly gifted, with talent so beyond other musicians that it was believed to be otherworldly.
“Actually accused of having a deal with the devil, like he was doing things that nobody else was capable of doing at that time. And i am not sure that anybody else would be able to do right now,” said Bucci.