At the beginning of April, the founder and head of the Papageno Project in Chile, Christian Boesch, proudly unveiled the first violin manufactured in the project’s violin workshop, where five Chileans are currently being trained as professional violin-makers.
The instrument was manufactured by the Austrian violin-maker Gerlinde Reutterer and her team using local spruce wood and European sycamore, and it presents the first step towards larger scale manufacturing.
“Papageno” is aimed at the children of the Mapuche, a group of indigenous inhabitants in southern Chile, to strengthen their community spirit and their self-confidence with the help of regular music lessons. Some 1,000 children from mountain schools located in remote areas in the regions of Pangipulli benefit from this opportunity. The Hilti Foundation is primarily engaged in initial as well as further training of new teachers who form the project’s backbone and who help develop the project further.