An illustrious violin luthier and restorer, Luiz Amorim began his instrument-making career in Brazil. Introducing his Brazilian flair to the Cremonese methods of violin and bow making, he is a master violin maker in Italy and well versed in the world of new making. His identical copies of instruments by world-known authors are globally revered, used by international musicians worldwide.
Like Luiz Amorim, José is originally from Brazil. At the very beginning of his bow-making career, José was inspired by his uncle and teacher, Floriano Schaefer, infamous as one of the first Brazilian bow makers. It was in Floriano’s workshop that José began his bow-making apprenticeship in 1988, working in one of the first bow-making workshops in Brazil.
It was José’s skill and high caliber bows that attracted the eye of a great Belgian bow maker, who later invited him to a partnership lasting for more than 20 years. It was during this time that José was able to truly hone his craft, whilst studying ancient French masterpieces from master violin bow makers such as Tourte and Peccate.
José has become renowned for his capabilities in selecting the perfect wood for each bow with unparalleled balance, flexibility, and playability. Since 2019, Amorim Fine Violins collaborate with José Ribeiro, creating high-quality fine cello, fine violin, and fine viola bows.
What famous people play your instruments?
Our client list is comprised of international and professional performers. Antonio Meneses, Sean Carpenter, and David Carpenter are some of them.
Why your instruments are so special?
Akin to those by old master bow makers, each fine viola, cello or violin bow is crafted to the highest quality using techniques developed by José Ribeiro and Luiz Amorim throughout their making careers.
Our bow collection embodies the true quality of Italian workmanship. We have a wealth of violin and bow-making experience, and we use our expertise to match investors, collectors, and professional musicians with the perfect bow.