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Violin Maker
Cristiano Scipioni

Italy, Mantua

Born in Mantova in 1969, Scipioni studied violin making under the guidance of Master Luca Salvadori, following the processes of traditional Cremonese violin making standards. The maker focused mainly on violins and double basses, for which he developed his model, caring primarily for acoustic performance and playability of his instruments.Read more

Short Bio

Full Name: Cristiano Scipioni

Age: 53

Highlights

Experience: 27 Years

New making style: AntiquedNew

Credentials

Master maker

Award Holder

Cremonese Traditional Handcraftsmanship

Instruments Owned by Collectors

Works with own model

Awards

2013, Quality of tone prize at ISB convention in Rochester, USA

2018, Bronze Medal at the Makers competition held at the Lucca BassEurope convention, Italy

2019, Prize for craftmanship at the ISB Bloomington convention, USA

2020, first prize at the Makers competition held by the "Società Filarmonica di Trento", Italy

Locally making

Italy, Mantua

Maker Background

After graduating in Philosophy from the University of Padua and in double bass from the Conservatory of Mantua, Scipioni became interested in the study of violin making and refined his technique and style under the guidance of master Luca Salvadori, following the processes of the traditional “Scuola Cremonese,” using the inside mould.

He has been attracted to musical instruments since when he was a child. During his double bass studies at the Conservatory, Scipioni had the chance to know a Viola da Gamba maker, which helped him make his first bass, giving a start to his passion for violin making.

Besides being played by top-level musicians, Scipioni’s instruments have also been recognized in competitions. In 2013, he won the prize for the quality of tone at the ISB convention in Rochester (NY), and in 2020 won the first prize at the Makers competition held by the “Società Filarmonica di Trento,” among others.

Maker Interview

Why did you start making instruments?

I have always been attracted to musical instruments since I was a child, but I don’t know why! So when I was a double bass student, I had the luck of meeting an old viola da gamba maker who helped me make my first bass… and everything began.

Why your instruments are so special?

I don’t know if they are special, but I’m sure they are made with love and great passion!

What is your inspiration?

I take my inspiration from the maker of the past, both from the Cremona and Mantova traditions.

Where your instruments are currently being played?

My instruments are played in a lot of orchestras worldwide and also by several famous musicians ( Solisti Veneti, Arena di Verona, Athens National Opera, Oslo Music Academy, I Virtuosi Italiani, and many many others…)

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