MY WORKSHOP IS CALLED IL LIUTAIO, IT MEANS THE VIOLINMAKER
THE violin maker is a workshop of handcrafted instruments, a place where a violin is conceived, designed and produced.
THE violin maker is the master who manages to enhance the sound of each instrument, knowing its history and the materials intended for its realisation.
THE violin maker is the seasoning wood, still silent waiting for their turn.
THE violin maker is the scent of varnish and fir in the air
THE violin maker is the student instruments, because every young musician deserves a quality violin
... but above all, The violinmaker is a place where you can still admire the completely manual construction of your violin, viola or cello.
How I became a violinmaker
I crossed the threshold of the Cremonese school at the age of 15 and after 5 years I had learned a centenary tradition under the guidance of Mº Ernesto Vaia. Among the walls of the school other masters have been used to create the violinmaker that I am now, Claudio Amighetti, Alessandro Voltini, Davide Sora, Dario Occhipinti, Daniele Scolari, and Flavio Smerieri.
After my experience in Cremona I attended the specialization years of the Civic School of Violin Making in Milan with Mª Paola Vecchio, Gabriele Negri, Stefano Gibertoni and Claudio Canevari.
The subsequent studies were held in Cremona, with the course I.F.T.S. for the acoustic set up of stringed bow instruments, under the guidance of many masters, Luca Primon, Pio Montanari, Marco Osio, Claude Macabrey, Gregg Alf and an apprenticeship in the workshop of Edgar Russ, where I made a copy of Guarneri Del Gesù "Ole Bull", together with the master we have worked to make it acoustically perfect.
Later I left for the United States where, for 3 months, I improved my skills in Pittsburgh, PA.
The meticulous choice of woods, the constant acoustics and aesthetics research are the necessary bases to build my instruments. As a master I follow personally every stage of the work, from the first planed to the last semitone to tune it. Doing all the work by hand is essential, to work every piece of wood with the measurements and curves it needs. The same is for the varnish, all with high quality raw materials and associated with the most suitable instrument.
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Instruments chosen personally by the master. The most delicate and important process for the sound are finished in my workshop, ensuring a sound rendition indispensable for a concert or hours of study.
You can find me and my instruments in my workshop near Milan, in a small town called Concorezzo (MB), in via Cesare Battisti 35. It Is a quite place and the neighbours love the sound of the violin.
It's easy to identify the workshop because the big window right upon the workbench.