Andrea Restelli is an extraordinary keyboard instrument-maker and expert, who has been making faithful replicas of harpsichords, fortepianos and clavichords since 1985. He was the first in the world to rebuild the 1749 Gottfried Silbermann fortepiano, kept in Nuremberg, identical to the one played by Bach. He has recently made replicas of early nineteenth-century fortepianos, such as the Conrad Graf and Johann Fritz. His workshop is filled with wood processing machinery, tools and wooden materials. The wires are made of iron and red and yellow brass, just like in the 1700s. A must-stop for connoisseurs who enjoy playing music with period instruments.
Andrea Di Maio is a skilled constructor of Arpicordi (harpsichords) and antique keyboard instruments. Each instrument is created entirely by the author, from design to decoration and, even if made following the European traditions, is never an exact copy of a precise historical instrument. To understand the care and professionalism that Di Maio puts into […]
Canepina (VT)Music and Theatre
In 1998, Paolo Sorgentone, an expert in the traditional Cremonese method, and Michele Mecatti, master luthier himself, put their professional experience and skills together to start their own workshop in Florence. Their main activity is the construction of string instruments, which are entirely made by hand, one by one, with traditional artisan methods and well-seasoned […]
FirenzeMusic and Theatre
Born as a carver and engraver, Francesco Mario Bissolotti discovered his passion and talent for violin making in the 1950s. He continues to cultivate his passion along with his children in the workshop he opened himself in Cremona. An expert in the ancient Cremonese art of violin making and connoisseur of the art of constructing […]
CremonaMusic and Theatre
The De Bonis family is a dynasty of luthiers that have been producing guitars in Bisignano for many years: Rosalba, the current custodian of the family tradition, is the sixth generation. The De Bonis luthier produces fully hand-crafted classical guitars and “chitarre battenti” in Via Giudecca using traditional techniques. The latter are a rarity, as […]