The Luthier

2012 Federico Cesarini becomes a Master Luthier - Archetier and Violin Maker in Italy, at the School "Spataffi" of Gubbio and he opens his own business in Perugia in January 2012.

2012 He becomes an electric luthier under the leadership of Master Luthier "Ildebrando Minelli".

2012 In 2012 the Italian institutions (Camera di Commercio) recognize Luthierie Cesarini possesses all the artistic and traditional requirements of the craft, because the work processes respect the "real" traditional-artisan work and do not include semi-finished products or poor qualty materials.

2013 He takes part in the Master Stage hosted by Archetier "Jean Grunberger" at Angers (France), to refine the "Réparation d'Archets niveau 1-2" technique.

2015 Interview with Luthier Cesarini by Paola Mannocci (automatic translation).

Federico has nothing to do with Stéphane, the dark violin-maker star of the film "A Heart in Winter" by French master Claude Sautet, masterfully played by Daniel Auteuil. Federico Cesarini is a young violin maker, is not disillusioned by life, has no misanthrope attitudes and his lab - in that stack - is not a shrine devoted to the past, the walls of which spread only stately eighteenth-century notes. In the "Liuteria Cesarini" coexist in harmony, violins, bows, electric basses, antique guitars, electric guitars and mandolins Sicilian-end '800. It is the workshop of an artist who lives his passion, music, in all its expressions, modern and ancient. Because the passion has no barriers, not even the barriers of time.


"To be honest, I prefer the definition of artisan. I consider my work a high craftsmanship. Reject the emphasis of certain colleagues who call themselves artists. "

Et voila, even the pomposity of Stéphane-Auteuil is filed. Since we do not own the neighborhood of Cremona, the city of Stradivari, whose streets are populated by shops luthiers, you tell us how did your passion for the art of violin making?

"From love for music. Simply. Before being a luthier, I'm a guitarist and I am delighted to also play the piano and the violin. So "I attend" for some time the world of the seven notes. To this they are well married manual inherited from my father's ability, his love for woodworking and metal. Since these joint passions I realized I could create my own musical instruments, on my needs and determine the final quality of my sound. "

But you have not limited building guitars or basses for yourself. Your business card reads "Federico Cesarini, Bow Maker and Luthier". As you reach this qualification? What was your training?

"After graduating from high school, I attended school "Guerriero Spataffi ", violin making school in Gubbio, under the direction of maestro Ildebrando Minelli. In addition to the study of acoustic sound physics, materials chemistry and others I learned the secrets of materials, professional for the construction of the violin and other cordofoni instruments, stringed and plucked (guitars, basses.). An internship in southern France, the school of the master Jean Grunberger (ALADFI member), has allowed me to specialize on maintenance and repair of the arches. "

Already, the arches. They look like extras in front of intrusiveness of the first violins and double bass players ...

"But are crucial in the pursuit of sound quality. The wear horsehair - horse - its replacement, the cracking of the bow require the same attention of the restoration or creation of an actual instrument and.. "

The laboratory is operational only since 2012, but is already in full swing. What are the commissions that you come more often?

"The work of set-up bass, guitars, violins, bows cracks, in fact. And of course the construction of violins, guitars, bass, acoustic and electric. But it is the design and construction phase of a tool that I prefer, because more engaging than a repairer intervention. At the time of the Committee, in fact, it is created with musician-encompassing agreement. The common goal is to achieve the highest sound quality, of course, must meet the personal needs of the customer. Therefore essential to reach a deep empathy. It establishes a kind of partnership for a work in progress continuously becoming: the tests and "tasting" the musician I suggest the straight right to intervene "in process" and ultimately achieve the desired sound. "

How long does it take to make a violin?

"About two months. It starts from choosing the wood - spruce and flamed maple - and then we proceed with the various steps: from the construction of the template (model of the instrument), to cut wood for the various components (soundboard, side bands, back and neck ), the etching of the two effe for the violin. At this point they assemble the various parts with the help of the wood glue. Along the whole profile of the soundboard, it affects the thread, not only aesthetic element, but also functional because it helps to stabilize the structure of the wood. Then we proceed with the processing and the handle frame and hedgehog. To arrive, finally, to paint with lacquers, oil-resinous alcohol-based and distributed strictly with the aid of the brush. Then it sets the soul, that is a cylinder of fir inside of the soundboard, which has the function of "distribute" the pressure generated by the stretched strings and that of the vibrations produced by the strings along the soundboard. At this point we add the tailpiece, the chin, the bridge and the pegs. Only the final set-up with ropes reveal the sound obtained and the various actions necessary to optimize everything. "

You have described a patient, old work, that gives rise to a sculpture with sinuous lines, capable of transmitting haunting sound waves. But also at the same time a "precision acoustic machine" whose strict observance of parameters and measurements leaves little room for individual creativity ...

"The art of violin making is ancient, of the sixteenth century to reach up to the present day. The masters of the past and their violins, such as Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri, have made our country great in this art. The various schools, Cremona, Brescia, Naples, still have much to say in the world. But the modern requirements also require research tools, able to deal with new sounds and new frontiers. And here the discretion of the violin maker, together with the performer, has the edge to intervene. Obtaining a custom sound stems inevitably from a unique work and unrepeatable. I repeat, a high craftsmanship. "

And if we wanted to quantify the cost of these "jewels" of craftsmanship?

"Nothing more simple and transparent. My website carried a detailed price list for my actions. Everything to make it as objective as possible this work and fight certain "speculation" that "dirty" and distorts the market. Anyway, not to evade the question, the price of an acoustic piano differs depending on the type. The construction of a violin averages about ten thousand euro. As for the electric instruments, the prices vary from 2500 to 5500 euro, because you use less precious woods such as maple, ash, alders.. "

Which, to date, the creation that gave you more satisfaction?

"Well, I had a lot of satisfaction from my work, from professional and human point of view. At the moment we have about 400 customers in total, looking at the logs, which I consider to 99.00% satisfied. The laboratory wants to remain purely artisanal and in this we are succeeding. We want to eliminate from the semi-finished product, I speak especially of electric instruments, as the violins do not have this problem. Very soon we will be able to have the "Expertise" products, produced at km 0 - we call them so! - Who will not have mechanical and electrical work outside Italy. At the moment the Italian luthier uses a lot from 'East and America, it is increasingly difficult to find European components, Italian almost impossible. From collaborative point of view the new entries that give joy are Giacomo Rossetti Negrita, Stefano Cerisoli Patty Pravo, Renga, Masini and many others, Walter Vincenti Alborosie."

2015 He is contacted in 2015 by the Fondazione Antonio Carlo Monzino to represent the art of violin making on EXPO 2015 during the contest "Le Mani Sapienti", which took place at the prestigious Sala delle Merlate in the Palazzo Sforzesco, Milan.

Le mani sapienti luthier expo Handmade violins at Milano EXPO

2015 He wins, with the handcrafted violin "The Jark" a private competition between Italian high-level violins. The participating luthiers were twenty, coming especially from Northern Italy, the violins in contention about 120-130. The orchestra that selected the instrument is the Orchestra Nazionale Giovanile di Caracas, with the greetings of Director Dietrich Paredes. "Wilson" reached the 3rd place in the same competition.

Dietrich Paredes orchestra Violins contest

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