About Viola

I come from a small village on the Ligurian countryside, not too far from Genoa, Italy. Since childhood I have been exposed to the music world by my family and have been particularly fascinated by bowed instruments, to the point that I started to take violin lessons.

Yet just after the end of a Bachelor in Philosophy at the Bologna University I started to approach instrument making. My first experience on the field was an internship at Gianmaria Assandri’s workshop in Genoa. This introduced me to the violin making world and for the first time to viola da gambas. Soon after, I moved to Germany, where I lived few months in Heidelberg and then moved to Berlin. During this period, I have completed a three years apprenticeship at Valentin Oelmueller’s workshop in Potsdam. This didactic time gave me the fundaments as well as the practical and theoretical knowledges of instrument making with particular focus on historical instruments and bows. As part of my apprenticeship, I took part to educational periods in the music instrument making school in Mittenwald, Bavaria, where I achieved my diploma as violin maker in July 2019.

Following I have gathered experiences with internships abroad. With Carlos Pineda and Laura Guijarro in Cordoba, Spain, specialized in viola da gamba and baroque violin. With Jonathan Hill in London, specialized in viola d’amore and with Anette Fajardo in London, specialized in restauring.

I am now settled in Ely, UK. I continue working in London for Anette Fajardo and in parallel I keep making historical instruments in Ely.