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Gibertoni & Nalin

Milan

Stefano Gibertoni and Valerio Nalin collaborate together in the making of violins, violas and cellos in their workshop in Milan. The combination of a long and solid experience in construction, making and set up, together with a young mind, with a free and enthusiastic spirit, has proven to be a collaboration that is extremely stimulating for both of them.Read more

Short Bio

Full Name: Gibertoni & Nalin

Highlights

New making style: AntiquedCopyNew

Credentials

Master Maker

Former Violin Making Professor

Acknowledge Maker Worldwide

Innovative Maker

Award Holder

Awards

2004, Silver Medal for violin tone VSA (Violin Society of America), USA (Gibertoni)

2010, 5th place for cello at the International Competition in Mittenwald, Germany (Gibertoni)

2014, Silver Medal for cello and viola at the International Violin Making Competition "Soul and shape", Moscow, Russia (Gibertoni)

2014, Bronze Medal for violin at the International Violin Making Competition "Soul and shape", Moscow, Russia (Gibertoni)

2014, Viola best sound quality at the International Violin Making Competition "Soul and shape", Moscow, Russia (Gibertoni)

2018, Viola best sound quality and Honorable mention diploma for craftsmanship, Malta (Gibertoni)

2019, First Prize for violin, viola, and cello, antiqued instruments section, Fermo, Italy (Gibertoni)

2019, Second Prize for violin, antiqued instruments section, Fermo, Italy (Nalin)

2022, Third Prize for cello, Talents d'aujourd'hui, Concours International de Lutherie of Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France

2022, First Prize from the public for cello, Talents d'aujourd'hui, Concours International de Lutherie of Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France

2022, First Prize from the cello section of the orchestra, Concours International de Lutherie of Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France

Locally making

Milan

Maker Background

Stefano Gibertoni, Italian, 54 years old, 30 years of experience.

Valerio Nalin, Italian, 28 years old, 7 years of experience.

After graduating in 1991 at Civica Scuola di Liuteria di Milano under the guidance of Maestro Luca Primon, Stefano moved to the UK to work as a maker/restorer for some UK shops.

He then settled and opened his own business in Sheffield in 1994, where he worked as a maker for the UK and the international market. In his professional development, he found most valuable the Oberlin violin making workshop, Ohio-USA, attended since 2001, where he learned from some among the best makers worldwide, the physics of tone production and the art of antiquing. Very fondly remembered is also a work experience at Frederick Oster Fine Violins in Philadelphia, where he developed some valuable restoration and setup skills.

In 2012, Stefano moved back to Milan and returned to the Civica Scuola di liuteria, this time as a teacher of new making and varnishing. Here he met Valerio, one of the most talented students, and after his graduation, they continued to collaborate together up to the present day. They developed their own interpretations, inspired by Cremonese and Milanese 17th and 18th-century makers.

In the partnership, they combine very traditional methods but also rely on technology and science. A beautiful, powerful, and even tone is a consistent aspect of their production that has been recognized by clients and in international competitions alike; this, coupled with a detailed and realistic antiqued look, has proven a winning combination.

Maker Interview

Why did you start making instruments?

Stefano Gibertoni - From a musical family, I studied violin as a child; after high school, I visited the violin-making school, and I was fascinated by the environment and the passion of my future teacher, Luca Primon. I enthusiastically joined in, reconnecting to the instruments family.

Valerio Nalin - From a young age Iʼve been inspired by my parentsʼ love for arts and music, I studied guitar for years and developed a passion for drawing and painting. After graduating from high school I felt the urge to merge these two passions into a new path, which led me to the violin-making school where I met Stefano.

What is your inspiration?

While the Cremonese school has to be the benchmark, we love to deepen our research into lesser-known schools of making, such as Milan and Brescia, to take inspiration from their hidden gems.

My Gibertoni violin is a pleasure to play, it has power, direction, and is even on all strings whilst always remaining sensitive to the bow.

Andy Long, Associate Leader - Opera North, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Leeds, UK

I was delighted to make the acquaintance of Stefano and to discover his extraordinary craftsmanship. It is rare that I see modern instruments of this caliber, and I was delighted to purchase a violin that I greatly enjoy playing.

Rafael Todes - 2nd violin Allegri Quartet - London, UK

The purchase of my Gibertoni violin came about totally by accident, as I was quite content with my old instrument. However, once I had tried it, I couldnʼt imagine not having it. The violin is so easy to play and has a beautiful even sound across all four strings as well as excellent tonal variety. Having had the violin since April 2006, I have experienced the instrument maturing and mellowing and also had excellent service from Stefano, who is always keen to see his instruments again.

Helen Greig - Opera North - Leeds, Uk

This violin is one of the best playing experiences I have had on an instrument. It looks stunning and is clearly made with much love and care. It feels so comfortable in the hands, that one could be forgiven for being deceived into thinking that the Gibertoni was a much more expensive antique instrument. The neck is perfectly proportioned for the left hand to have complete flexibility of movement. The all-important question of sound is answered with immediate effect. It is a clear body of sound that has equality across all four strings. After playing on the instrument for over a month, it keeps on giving and leaves the player with the impression that there is more in store.

Matthew Scrivener - leader of the National Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra - London, UK

I purchased my Gibertoni violin in 2005 as a new instrument. The violin is extremely dynamic, with a warm and vibrant lower register, and a sweet and telling sound in the upper register, it plays evenly across all four strings and has the very qualities one hopes to find in a good Italian instrument. I feel fortunate that I was able to purchase it. The reason I bought this violin is quite simple. Once I had picked it up and began play it, I couldnʼt put it down.

Ralph Dawson - Ulster Orchestra, Opera North, freelance musician - Sheffield, UK

This violin is the best playing experience I have had on an instrument, contemporary or antique, within this price range. The antiqued finish looks stunning and these violins are clearly made with much love and care. It feels comfortable in the hands and plays so well, that it would be easy to think that the Gibertoni was an older and much more expensive instrument. The all-important question of sound is answered with immediate effect. It is a clear even body of sound that has equality across all four strings. The neck is perfectly proportioned to the left hand, allowing complete flexibility of movement. After playing on the instrument for over a period of a month, Stefano’s violin creates a clear impression for the player that there is much more to come.

Matthew Scrivener, Violinist - Leader of the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra - London, UK

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