Luiz Amorim is inspired by the great Italian violin makers of the past, especially Guarneri’ del Gesù.’ His inspiration for Guarneri started due to the expressiveness of his instruments. Luiz says, ‘Throughout the career of “del Gesù,” his work became increasingly expressive, especially at the end, when he managed to demonstrate his identity, as in a work of art.’
Guarneri did not produce an instrument like another, which clearly shows his inventive and free character, placing his identity in each of them. Unlike most of his colleagues at the time, he had expressive features that could be easily distinguished. Luiz believes it is essential to have this freedom of expression and not be tied to the aesthetic form. Guarneri was an artist, and he identified himself a lot for that.
“AN INSTRUMENT IS LIKE A BLANK CANVAS ON WHICH I CAN EXPRESS MY ARTISTIC FLAIR AS A MAKER.”
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The following year she moved to Cremona, where she worked as an assistant in various workshops, deepening her knowledge of the construction method, repairs, and sound adjustment. She graduated in Cremona in 2008 in the “Baroque Violin Making” course, studying the construction methods and the history of the ancient instruments while making some baroque violins, a viola da gamba, and their bows.
She makes instruments inspired by the old Cremonese tradition, and she cares a lot about the tonal qualities, the style, and the craft of her instruments in every detail, searching for a unique, powerful sound with a warm and rich tone. She uses oil varnish based on ancient recipes to create depth and a warm tone. She chooses only the finest and well-seasoned tonewoods, Val di Fiemme’s spruce, and Balcan’s maple, characterized by excellent acoustic quality.
Since 2017 she has been a member of the Cultural District of Violin in Cremona, a network that keeps the search for high-level violinmaking alive, defending its traditional know-how. Thanks to District, she can participate continuously in varnish workshops, physics of acoustics, and many others. Also, she had the opportunity to have in her hands and listen to violins from the “Museo del Violino,” including masterpieces of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri.
Anna has always loved violins and started playing them by the age of 8 and has never stopped loving them and reaching for more until she decided that making violins would fulfill her heart too. She was born in South Korea, and 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 violin-making competitions and has garnered many achievements and awards.
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After that, in 2014, he attended several courses, including one at the “Sandro Pertini” Professional Training Institute in Trento and the private tutelage of Master Maker Luca Primon. He was able to work as an apprentice for Master violin maker Andreas Hudelmayer in London, where he learned techniques in copying and antiquing. Giovannetti feels like violins are an act of creation, which fulfills his life with joy to keep producing them.
Kyle was born in South Africa and started at a young age, too; he also developed his fondness for the mechanics and history of the violin. He applied in 2018 to the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making and Repair, where he received a First-Class Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors. He kept studying world-renowned makers and restores that encouraged him to be the great maker he is now.
They make incredible pieces by combining their knowledge and constant searches about the best acoustic properties they can provide to the clients to play awesome music. They are two violin makers with a bright future ahead.
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He’s a President and belongs to ALI Professionals (Italian Association of Violin Makers Professionals) and ALADFI (French Bow Makers Association). He’s the Conservator of Stradivari guitar “Sabionari ” present at the Museum of the Cremona violin. He is currently developing new research on the face of conservation and cataloging of historical instruments.
In other words, an excellent reference for violin makers. He is inspired by classical Italian models focusing on traditions of the Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy regions. And he also says that caring about the selection of materials and paying attention to the varnish of his instruments are the main reasons they’re high quality.
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