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Giovanni Lucchi

Cremona, Italy

Giovanni Lucchi was an Italian bow maker noted for founding the first school of bow making in Italy. He worked for several years as a musician and instructor, and in 1971, he began constructing and restoring bows. He went to Brienz, Switzerland, to apprentice under Siegfried Finkel.Read more

Short Bio

Full Name: Giovanni Lucchi

Age: 79

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New making style: New

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Wood and sound expert

Instruments Played by Famous Soloists

Background as a Musician

Locally making

Cremona, Italy

Maker Background

Lucchi trained as a double bassist, graduating from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica "Gioachino Rossini" in Pesaro in 1963. He worked for several years as a musician and instructor, and in 1971, he began constructing and restoring bows. He went to Brienz, Switzerland, to apprentice under S. Finkel.

In 1976, Lucchi founded a school for bowmaking in Cremona, Italy, where he taught bow construction, maintenance, restoration, and style and design courses. In 1983, Lucchi invented the Lucchi Meter, a device used to measure the speed of sound in wood that has become a standard tool for bow makers.

Lucchi was active within the community of luthiers and bowmakers, holding various posts among professional societies and writing and often speaking in journals and conferences relating to the art.

Giovanni Lucchi died on August 2nd, 2012. He left a great legacy for the bow-making scenario.

Professional activities
Secretary, Italian Association of Violin and Bow Makers (1991 to 1992).
President, Violin and Bow Makers of the Artisans' Association of the Province of Cremona (1991 to 1998).
Representative for Cremona to the Triennale Assembly.
Member of the European Association of Master Violin and Bow Makers.

Maker Interview

What famous people play your instruments?

His bows are played by the best musicians worldwide like Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gary Karr.

Why are your instruments so special?

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned after so many years of work, it is that you can never stop. Every result opens new doors onto new horizons, just waiting to be discovered.”

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