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Each season, Music@Menlo invites a distinguished visual artist to display work which complements the festival’s theme, on-site and in festival publications. This year, Music@Menlo welcomes Enrico Giannini as our 2017 Visual Artist. Born into a long-standing family tradition of bookbinding in Florence, Italy, Giannini began as an apprentice to his father and grandfather at age eleven. In the 1960’s, he started experimenting with new techniques of marbleizing paper and researched alternative materials for new products. His paper designs and artistic book bindings have been displayed in shows in the United States, Japan, and Italy, and he has taught several generations of students. He still creates new designs in his studio in Florence and collaborates with his daughter, Maria, who runs the family business, Giulio Giannini e Figlio, in Piazza dei Pitti in Florence. Original creations of Enrico Giannini will be available for sale at the festival, and his work is featured on the 2017 note cards and festival poster.