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Carlo Chiesa

Carlo Chiesa Luthier
Contact
Italian, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+39 0239210371
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The next Stradivari

  • • Carlo takes up to two months to make a violin
  • • He draws inspiration from the past great masters
  • • He works in close contact with violinists around the world

He’s one of the most known and globally celebrated violin makers, the best of his generation. But he’s also a great researcher and expert on the history of string instruments. He has written several studies, articles and essays about the greatest master luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. He also holds lectures around the world and for many years he was a taught History of the Violin at the International School of Violin Making in Cremona, Italy. Since 2003, he is the curator of the string instruments collection of Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where he is based and where he graduated at the prestigious Civica Scuola di Liuteria. In his workshop, he restores precious and historical instruments and makes violins, cellos and violas.

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Works

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Viola

This viola was inspired by an instrument made by 16th century luthier from Brescia, Giovanni Paolo Maggini. The viola's varnish is slightly aged, and a patina has been created on the surface, to make the instrument similar to the original. The sound is similar to the original powerful bass of the viola and rich in harmonics.

Length 71 cm
Width 25 cm
Height 13 cm

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Baroque violin

This violin was specifically built specifically for the philological performance of Baroque music. The setting of the instrument is similar to that of the 18th century Venetian violins used in Vivaldi's orchestra. The sound created is slow and allows the musician to influence the resonance and sound, thanks also to the use of gut strings.

Length 61 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 10 cm

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Violin

This violin was inspired by a 17th century model by a luthier from Brescia, Pietro Giacomo Rogeri. The instrument moves away from the style of Stradivari, today the most frequently copied: the result original acoustic characteristics, such as a very sweet, deep and penetrating resonance.

Length 61 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 10 cm

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Photo: © Carlo Chiesa
Viola da gamba basso

This six-string viola da gamba bass is based on an English model. The viola was based on a model by Henry Jaye, built in London in about 1625 and now housed in the Musée de la Musique in Paris. To favour the swiftness of resonance, the soundboard has been built with Italian-style arching.

Length 115 cm
Width 40 cm
Height 25 cm

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