Marco Coppiardi is a violin maker based in Cremona, Italy.
There are no secrets in violin making, it is just time and curiosity.
Antonio Stradivari, made all these wonderful instruments, that have been raised to the status of icons. Violin making may appear impossible, but it is quite simple – it is about the player.
When I make a violin, I look for the feel that classic instruments deliver so well. It takes precision, skill, care to the last detail, and passion. I gather info, through CT scans, and close-up photography. I work slowly.
Marco graduated from the Stradivari IPALL violin making school in Cremona in 1985, at this time Francesco Bissolotti and Gio Batta Morassi were the two prominent maestros at the school and in the city of Cremona. Todays Emperor of Japan who visited Cremona, plays on a viola that Marco made specifically for him, during this time. In 1992 Marco moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked for some of the finest musicians and on their famous instruments for the following 26 years. He worked for Johnson String Instruments, and after four years opened his own studio. Other then school in Cremona, Marco learned the craft from, several colleagues and friends, among which, Riccardo Bergonzi, Vincenzo and Francesco Bissolotti, René Morel, Vahakn Nigogosian, Horacio Piñeiro, and at the great Oberlin Seminars