I was fortunate enough to learn the art of violin making through two parallel paths; the workshop and the school.
Over the last three years I have attended the Violin Making School of Parma, led by Renato Scrollavezza, and worked at the ‘Giovanni Lazzaro’ studio in Padua, where I refined my knowledge and discovered the secrets of restoration.
In 2006 I moved to London to learn the tricks and methods of restoration of the British, given their connoisseurship of violin restoration skills. During my time there, after a stint at Bridgewood & Neitzert, I was lucky enough to study and work on great eighteenth-century Italian instruments, at the one of the few remaining large-scale restoration workshops in the world, The Florian Leonhard workshop-house.
I attended refresher courses by Guy Rabut, Hans J.Nebel and Andrea Ortona, where I perfected techniques, such as ‘set-up’, ‘touch-up paint’, and where I learnt about the most innovative methods of restoration.