When did you start this profession?
No one in my family is a violin maker. I used to be a musician, but I love to work with my hands, too. So I graduated from the Violin Making School of Milan in 2014 and became a luthier, specialising in the art of crafting and restoring violas, violins and cellos. Then I perfected my technique by working and studying under Maestro Carlo Chiesa.
What did you learn from your mentor?
Form Carlo I learned to take things slowly, which is very important in my work. My aim, before, was to get things done as soon as possible. Now, watching him, I understand the importance of making things calmly.
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How much time do you need to make a violin?
On average, it takes me about one month and a half. But it’s very difficult to figure out how long it is going to take, because every day I have to do other things, such as the restoration, repair, set-up and sound optimization of other violins.
What fascinates you most about musical instruments?
Violins are immortal. Wood is a living material and it changes with time. When new cracks form, violins can be repaired. We still have violins dating back to the 16th century that are still in perfect condition.