The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is proud to present the new in-house exhibit, Amati Quartet: The Legacy of the University of Saskatchewan.

Curated by the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan's Department of Music, this exhibit publicly displays—for the first time—the university's collection of extremely rare Amati instruments. 

The quartet, which includes the viola, cello, and two violins, were handcrafted in the Italian city of Cremona in the 1600s by members of the famous Amati family. Considered pioneers in the practice of constructing bowed stringed instruments—or the first great luthiers—the Amati family have crafted some of the world's most sought after instruments.

The University of Saskatchewan is proud to own one of the only complete Amati quartets in the world. Join us to learn more about the rich history of these fine instruments.

Amati Quartet: The Legacy of the University of Saskatchewan opens on September 22 and will be on display until October 30, 2021. 

Book Your Tour Today!

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre looks forward to welcoming the public back into our exhibits as safely as possible. Tickets are available to pre-purchase for scheduled tours of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s exhibits galleries. Groups are limited to 20 people per tour.

All individuals ages 12 and older attending USask events or activities (including those organized by the Diefenbaker Canada Centre) are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Due to the recent public health changes in Saskatchewan there are now different standards for COVID-19 testing for events and activities on campus.

Effective Oct. 1, 2021, the vaccination and testing credentials for USask events include:

In addition to complying with the university's requirements, all visitors must wear disposable, three ply masks while in the building. These measures aim to minimize health risks to all when on the University of Saskatchewan campus. 

Department of Music, Fine Arts Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Amati Quartet: The Legacy of the University of Saskatchewan exhibit, the USask Department of Music is hosting a virtual Fine Arts Lecture Series (FARLS) on October 14 @ 7:30pm (Free and no registration required).

Understanding the Amati Instruments
Presented by: Tom Wilder, violin maker, restorer, and historian of stringed instruments

Based in Montreal, Mr. Tom Wilder will present a virtual lecture on the history of the Amati instruments, their provenance, their historical importance, and describes the 4 instruments owned by the University of Saskatchewan in detail. For over 15 years, Tom Wilder has been looking after the Amati instruments. He is a violin maker, restorer, and historian of stringed instruments.

More information and link to attend virtually: