Like Luiz Amorim, José is originally from Brazil. At the very beginning of his bow-making career, José was inspired by his uncle and teacher, Floriano Schaefer, infamous as one of the first Brazilian bow makers. It was in Floriano’s workshop that José began his bow making apprenticeship in 1988, working in one of the first bow-making workshops in Brazil.
It was José’s skill and high calibre bows that attracted the eye of the great Belgian bow maker, Pierre Guillaume, who later invited him to a partnership lasting for more than 20 years. It was during his time with Guillaume that José was able to truly hone his craft, whilst studying ancient French masterpieces from master violin bow makers such as Tourte and Peccate.
José has become renowned for his capabilities in selecting the perfect wood for each bow with an unparalleled balance, flexibility and playability.
Amorim Fine Violins are delighted to collaborate with José Ribeiro, creating high quality fine cello, fine violin and fine viola bows.
An illustrious violin luthier and restorer, Luiz Amorim began his instrument making career in Brazil. Introducing his Brazilian flair to the Cremonese methods of violin and bow making, he is a master violin maker in Italy and well versed in the world of new making. His identical copies of instruments by world-known authors are globally revered, used by international musicians worldwide.