Anna makes violins, violas, and cellos that each have their own beauty and sound. Upon graduating from the world-renowned Antonio Stradivari School of Violin Making in Cremona in 2015, she participated in several competitions and has garnered many achievements and awards. By making these one-of-a-kind instruments, she expresses herself as in works of art.Read more
Full Name: Anna Arietti
Experience: 11 Years
New making style: AntiquedNew
A Rising-Star Maker
Graduated at the Antonio Stradivari School of Violin Making in Cremona
Background as a Musician
The “Award Personality” medal at the 2015 International Violin Making Competition in Pisogne
Silver medal at the 2016 International Violin Making Competition in Rome
Bronze medal at the 2016 International Violin Making Competition in Rome
Maker BackgroundAyoung An, known as nome d'arte Anna Arietti, was born in 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. She has been fascinated by music and violin making since her childhood. To experience the world, in 2008, she began journeying across the United States. In 2011, she attended the world-renowned Antonio Stradivari School of Violin Making in Cremona and studied under Pier Luigi Aromatico Fantoni's guidance. Upon graduating in 2015, she participated in several competitions and has garnered many achievements and awards.
In 2017, she started work with Edgar Russ to improve her skills, an experience that has influenced her career and style. In 2020, she opened her own workshop in Cremona, Italy. Ayoung An makes violins, violas, and cellos that each have their own beauty and sound. Through these one-of-a-kind instruments, Ayoung An expresses herself as in works of art.
Why did you start making instruments?
Ever since I was a little child, I have always loved the violin. I started playing the violin when I was eight years old. But even at that age, I felt a thirst for something more. I soon found a musical instrument shop near my house, and I started to visit it every day.
I was fascinated with creating instruments from the moment I discovered the process of making instruments. It has always been attractive to me that I can create a musical instrument with my own two hands that can then create music. The most beautiful thing is that someone will remember my name and my works hundreds of years from now.
Why your instruments are so special?
All of my instruments are made with excellent quality materials, and they are one-of-a-kind with their own beauty and sound. My instruments feature characteristics such as easy and comfortable to play, responds quickly and project well, and has a rich and warm low register and a powerful high end.
What is your inspiration?
I believe in the beauty of imperfection, such as marks left by past tools, natural asymmetry, scratches, signs of age and use, and uneven varnish tones.
These aspects could be seen as imperfections, but they can also make an instrument more unique and special. I think that is why I love to craft antique-style instruments.
To me, the natural beauty of an instrument is more attractive and dramatic.