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Elisa Scrollavezza violin 2017

Elisa Scrollavezza violin
Elisa Scrollavezza violin - front

Elisa Scrollavezza is one of Italy's respected luthiers with her instruments being played in many parts of the world.  She was born in Parma in 1967. Elisa's father Renato founded the famous Parma violin making school. As a result she was surrounded by the world of violin making from a very young age.  

At the age of eighteen,  she chose to follow in her father's footsteps.  She graduated from the Parma School of Violin-Making in 1991.  In 1994 she began assisting her father as an apprentice.  In Elisa established a partnership with Andrea Zanrè in 2002. Andrea had also been a student of the Scrollavezza school.  Their workshop is located in the historic centre of Parma and here they concentrate on crafting new instruments and also training violin makers.

Elisa pays particular attention to the set up of each instrument and the choice of fittings.  With regards to tone, she seeks to achieve  a noble and silvery quality along with the fullness and projection necessary for the most demanding players.

Roberto Cavagnoli violin 2017

Roberto Cavagnoli Violin
Roberto Cavagnoli Violin Back

Roberto Cavagnoli ​(born 1975) graduated at the ​International School of ​Violin Mak​ing ​'Antonio Stradivari​'​, Cremona, under the guidance of ​Giorgio Scolari​.

After ​completion Roberto spent ​several years of training in Angelo Sperzaga’s workshop,​ ​refining his art, focusing on classical style of Cremonese masters. Later, he ​worked in Barbara Piccinotti’s workshop
where he ​further refined his style.
In 2001 he received an offer from Animato Strings in Australia where he worked side my side with accomplished USA-born and Italian-trained luthier James W. Robinson​​ (Robinson had studied - in the 1970's - under Gio Batta Morassi, Pietro Sgarabotto and Francesco Bissolotti).
Roberto ​returned to Cremona where he continued his partnership with violin maker Barbara Piccinotti.
He participated in in the 'Violin Society of America (V.S.A.) 2004 where he won ​the Silver Medal for tone​ quality.
In 2006 he won the third prize at the 11​th International ​Competition ​'Triennale' in Cremona for excellent sound quality​. ​
Roberto was featured in the ​movie 'Highly Strung' (2015), directed by Scott Hicks (who also directed '​Shine').
​Roberto has emerged as a highly successful luthier and continues his work in his workshop in the centre of Cremona​ where he makes violins, violas and cellos, ​crafting his instruments in the ​style of the Cremonese ​tradition.