Giuseppe Rocca Violin Stolen Through the Nineties is Returned

Left to proper: Alessandro Scarlatti Conservatory director Daniele Ficola; member of the police; and Police commander Gianluigi Marmora (Picture courtesy: Fb)


Between the Nineties and 2000s, Italy’s Alessandro Scarlatti Conservatory in Palermo had a set of 26 worthwhile musical devices disappear, together with a priceless violin. 

In response to Palermo24H Information, the 1861 “Giuseppe Rocca” violin was among the many assortment, protected by the Code of Cultural Heritage and Panorama and owned by the State. The violin was amongst 4 different devices to be recovered to date.

Police commander Gianluigi Marmora safely returned the Giuseppe Rocca violin to the conservatory’s director Daniele Ficola, who has lengthy been looking for the devices.

The instrument’s return was offered at a ceremony the place varied authorities, such because the president of the conservatory, Mario Barbagallo; curator of the Musical Devices Part of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Giovanni Paolo Di Stefano; and director of the Livorno’s Pietro Mascagni Institute of Music, Renato Meucci, have been additionally current. 

Meucci performed a major and decisive position within the violin’s restoration as he was one of many few to {photograph} and catalog all of the devices held on the conservatory within the Nineties. 

Barbagallo was a part of instigating in-depth investigations into the lacking violin — coordinated by the Court docket of Palermo’s Public Prosecutor’s Workplace. In 2020, additional investigations proved helpful, and after in depth analysis, the violin was pinpointed and revealed to be within the possession of a violinist staying briefly in Palermo and utilizing it professionally.

Many technical investigations have been carried out by worldwide skilled luthiers, who confirmed that the violin was precisely the one stolen. Following a number of authorized disputes, the instrument was ordered to be confiscated and returned to the conservatory. 

“The primary necessary factor I did, after my inauguration as director in 2012, was to report the disappearance of a lot of necessary historic devices owned by the Conservatory,” stated Ficola. 

“With the assistance of my fellow organologists, a big a part of this heritage was discovered,” he continued. “Specifically, this morning, the dear violin made by Giuseppe Rocca, one of many best Italian luthiers of the nineteenth century, a very powerful instrument amongst these stolen.”

“The [police’s] sensible investigative exercise has allowed us to regain possession of a treasured heritage, which testifies to the necessary historical past of our Conservatory,” Barbagallo added, “We’ll set up a safety system to forestall episodes of this sort from taking place once more.”


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