Violin Maker
Giuseppe Scarampella

Florence, Italy

One of the most important makers of the end of the 19th century in Italy, Giuseppe Scarampella's work is rare, and renowned for his excpetional craftsmanship. His close contact with the great italian masterpieces from his main occupation as a restorer allowed him to reach the highest refinement on his own making.Read more

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Full Name: Giuseppe Scarampella


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Master Maker

Experienced restorer

Italian Tradition Maker


Instruments Owned by Collectors

Locally making

Florence, Italy

Maker Background

Giuseppe Scarampella was born in 1838 in Italy. He came from a family deeply rooted in music. His younger brother, Stefano, also made a name for himself in the violin-making history. Giuseppe played a crucial role in Stefano's education and development as a luthier.

Growing up in Brescia, the Scarampella family had close connections with local musicians, notably Antonio Bazzini, who was later responsible for arranging Giuseppe's move to Paris to work and study at Nicolò Biachi's workshop from 1862 to 1865. But from a young age, Giuseppe was already involved in the violin-making world, as his father Paolo was considered a self-taught violin maker.

Returning to Italy, Giuseppe settled in Florence, where he collaborated with the Castellani family. The Castellanis were responsible for curating the esteemed instrument collection of the Music Conservatory Museum in Florence. Through this collaboration, Giuseppe deepened his understanding of fine instruments, honing his skills in restoration and preservation.

Following the passing of the Castellani family, Scarampella assumed the responsibility of managing the Institute's instrument collection. This role solidified his reputation as one of the most respected Italian restorers of his era, earning him admiration within the violin-making community.

Giuseppe Scarampella's craftsmanship as a violin maker was exceptional, leading his instruments to be highly sought after today. He showcased a particular affinity for the Gesu model, incorporating its characteristics into his violins and occasionally even in violas. His meticulous workmanship was evident in the intricate purfling inlays that added a touch of elegance to his instruments.

Notably, Scarampella's violins stood out due to the distinctive design of their heads. While he did not closely emulate Guarneri's style, he developed a unique interpretation that gave his instruments their recognizable identity. The ogival shape of the pegbox further set his creations apart from those of his contemporaries.

Giuseppe Scarampella made significant contributions to the art of violin making. His expertise as a restorer and his skill in crafting instruments left an enduring mark on the violin-making tradition. Today, his violins are treasured by musicians and collectors as testament to his remarkable talent, artistry, and lasting legacy in the world of violin making.

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