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Violin Maker
Luiz Amorim

Cremona, Italy

With a sensitive eye to nature’s shapes and textures, Luiz dedicates his career in the search for a complete and powerful sound in his instruments, together with the investment in impeccable finishing and aesthetics, imitating the style of the old masters.Read more

Short Bio

Full Name: Luiz Amorim

Age: 57

Highlights

Experience: 26 Years

New making style: AntiquedCopyNew

Credentials

Master Maker

Background in Fine Arts

Acoustics expert

Acknowledge Maker Worldwide

Instruments Played by Famous Soloists

Locally making

Cremona, Italy

Maker Background

Born in Curitiba, Brazil, in 1964, Luiz started his studies in Mechanics, focused in technical drawing and projects. In 1985 he completed his Bachelor of Arts – Drawing, Painting and Sculpture – at the State School of Music and Fine Arts. For ten years Luiz has worked as a professional artist. In 2001 Luiz established his own workshop where he and his team are developing a restoration and violin making work that is reference all over the world. In 2018, as a result of his successful career, Luiz opened, in collaboration with his partners, the new headquarter of his workshop, in Cremona.

Maker Interview

Why did you start making instruments?

I've always had the desire to work transforming materials with my hands. After establishing a career as an artist for ten years, I fell in love with an instrument called "kantele" used by children in musical initiation in schools of anthroposophical philosophy.

I started making these instruments and lyres in 1995 - by this same time, I was learning how to play violin and cello. In 1998, I felt the need to be in the classical music scenario, so I looked for someone who could give me a sense of making instruments from the violin family. Through this search, I met the person who later became my master of lutherie.

Why are your instruments so special?

Because for me, every detail matters – I give full attention to all processes from raw material choices to set-up. My goal is to keep improving, and it is in my nature to be always concerned about searching for new ways to do it and never to stop evolving. Finally, I hear my clients’ opinions and critics and consider them in my work.

In the end, my instruments express the dedication and love I have for each one of them.

What is your inspiration?

I am inspired by the great Italian masters of the past, especially Guarneri 'del Gesù.'

My inspiration in Guarneri started due to the expressiveness of his instruments. Throughout the career of "del Gesù," his work became increasingly expressive, especially at the end, when he managed to demonstrate, as in a work of art, his identity.

Guarneri did not produce an instrument like the other, and this clearly shows his inventive and free character, placing his identity in each one of them. He had expressive features that could be easily distinguished, unlike most of his colleagues at the time. It is essential to have this freedom of expression and not to be tied to the aesthetic form. Guarneri was an artist, and I identify myself a lot for that.

What famous people play your instruments?

Musicians like, Antonio Meneses, Elmar Oliveira, Daniel Muller-Schott, Emmanuele Baldini, Claudio Cruz, Sean, Lauren & David Carpenter.

Having acquired Luiz Amorim’s newest 1744 “Sainton” Del Gesù violin, I can wholeheartedly state that he is the finest living violin maker. His instruments are works of art, in addition to being top-rate concert violins. Bravissimo Luiz on yet another monumental achievement!!

Sean Carpenter, Violinist and Co-Founder of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra

The violin that I have just purchased from Luiz is without question the best copy of a Guarneri “del Gesù” that I have put under my chin. It is responsive, big, and beautiful sounding all in one. As you probably know, I used to play on the original Sainton “del Gesù” and it is no less commanding. In fact, the varnish is even more beautiful than the original.

Elmar Oliveira, Violinist

Owning a Luiz Amorim is a great privilege, not only for the beauty and perfect workmanship but also for excellent performance in all moments and situations in which the instrument is played. Are rare the times when I played new instruments having so much comfort and enjoying a beautiful sound, mature and full of harmonics. Dear Luiz continues like this, our great country needs dedicated and brilliant people like you.

Claudio Cruz, Violinist and Conductor

Luiz Amorim’s violins are true works of art, beautiful to see and hear. My violin is a faithful copy of one of the best violins in the world. I have the pleasure of playing every day in one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen. In addition to the visual beauty, the neat construction provides a beautiful and full sound from the first day. Extremely easy to play, with an unusual projection. Congratulations Luiz!

Matthew Thorpe, Violinist

Throughout this year, I played concerts, sonatas, and quartets with my new violin, always with great pleasure and having a wonderful sound response. I recorded a CD that will show all this, but I wanted, before any proof, to record my words of great admiration for your work. You are a true artist, and you are serving music more than you ever imagined. Me and your violin we’ll do together, a lot of music. Congratulations on your art.

Emmanuele Baldini, Concertmaster and Conductor

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