Stradivari, the story behind the maker: Part one, the Amatisé period

Stradivari, the story behind the maker: Part one, the Amatisé period

Featured Musicians, History of Violin Making
The years 1660 – 1690 are known as the Amatisé period of Stradivari’s making career. It is likely that alongside Andrea Guarneri and Stainer, Antonio Stradivari was under the pupilage of Nicolo Amati. His instruments from this time portray characteristic signs of working with Amati, such as similar purfling, outline and arching. These pieces also […]
25 February 5027 READ MORE
The Forgotten Female Violin Maker of Cremona

The Forgotten Female Violin Maker of Cremona

History of Violin Making, Maker Profiles
Who was Katarina Guarneri? Katarina Roda, who married Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù in 1722 and became known as Katarina Guarneri, is reported to have created some of the unexplained ‘del Gesù works. Whilst her contribution has never been officially confirmed, her story provides a very plausible explanation for some of the ‘del Gesù mysteries. She […]
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Il Mio Cannone Violino

Il Mio Cannone Violino

History of Violin Making
180 years since the death of Paganini In honour of 180 years having passed since the death of the renowned violinist, violist, guitarist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, we thought we would share the process behind the making of his “Il Cannone” violin, including some of the interesting quirks of this remarkable instrument. In 1743, the […]
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The making of “Il Cannone”

The making of “Il Cannone”

History of Violin Making, Workshop Insights
About the instrument Dated 1743, ”Il Cannone” is among the best instruments built towards the end of ”del Gesù’s” life. It is impressively attractive, of a majestic and austere charm and immediately strikes those who come to view it in its showcase at Genoa’s town hall. It was owned by illustrious violinist, Paganini of the […]
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A brief history of violin making in Cremona

A brief history of violin making in Cremona

History of Violin Making, Workshop Insights
About Cremona The Italian cradle of violin making, today Cremona has more than one hundred violinmaking workshops. Stringed instruments like the violin and the viola have been crafted here since the 16th century, with new makers following in the footsteps of Antonio Stradivari and Niccolò Amati, the greatest violin luthiers. The Amati’s & the Golden […]
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