The 3rd edition of the Varignana Music Festival – from 8 – 16 July 2016 – once again featured outstanding musicians and ensembles. An original musical programme put Varignana at the centre of the European musical scene. Performers include the Quartetto di Cremona, unanimously considered the heir to the legendary Quartetto Italiano; the famous Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, well known to music lovers the world over ever since his triumph at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition; violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, regularly invited to lead premier orchestras like the Berliner and New York Philharmonic; pianist Alexander Romanovsky, winner at only seventeen of the 2001 Busoni competition, today a major concert-hall draw and a much-loved star at Varignana since its first edition; Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski, a regular guest of orchestras like the London Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic; and violinist Alissa Margulis, who has played with Bashmet, Kremer, Maisky and Martha Argerich. The programme will also feature cellists Alban Gerhardt and Alexander Buzlov, both regular guests of the world’s top orchestras, pianist Philipp Kopachevsky, who has played under the baton of Spivakov, Pletnev and Vengerov and the Bologna’s Teatro Comunale String Quintet. As in the past editions, this year too the Festival hosted a special guest, the well-known art historian, author and RAI TV presenter, Philippe Daverio.