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 Liuteria 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 Liutaio 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 stringed instrument "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. The competition took place in Milan at the Mariot Hotel, the orchestra that selected them was the National Youth Orchestra of Caracas . Orchestra Director Dietrich Paredes (in the picture) personally congratulated Maestro Liutaio Federico Cesarini.

Dietrich Paredes orchestra Violins contest

2018 Viene riconosciuto come perito e tecnico in materia liutaria presso la Camera di Commercio.

2018 Interview to Liutaio Cesarini - by Danilo Nardoni.

Liuteria Cesarini in Uj gives space to the craft: «I expose and explain the complexities of the trade»

The positive balance sheet of the Showcase/laboratory in via Danzetta in Perugia

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Guided tour of the laboratory in via Danzetta


After Umbria Jazz, Perugia is empty. By now this is the "mood" that, at least for a week after the end of the festival, is repeated among the people of Perugia and beyond. However, after ten days full of music and attendance, the musical instrument stores that had opened in the historic center in July were also emptied. uj

Temporary exhibition at the laboratory in via Danzetta

We have already talked about the first, a more classic store in via Bonazzi organized by the Pick Bazar. At the same time, in a vacant room at n.13 in via Danzetta, a second room was opened, from 13 to 22 July, curated by the Liuteria Cesarini which returned for the fourth time through the streets of the center with its' Liuteria Cesarini Expo ': the first in via Priori in 2013, the second in corso Vannucci in 2014, the third always in via Danzetta in 2015. And the young violin maker-musician Federico Cesarini tells Umbria24 this experience that once again took him out of his Pila's house-shop.

Temporary EXPO UJ 2018 Perugia

Temporary EXPO UJ 2018

Showcase/laboratory ‘Liuteria Cesarini Expo’: this is how Federico calls these temporary public display events, "always carried out by creating very interesting showcases / workshops, which unlike the fair concept seeks to create a relationship with the customer / visitor". "The fair, where with too many and all the same exhibitors, people do not touch and test the craftsmanship of the exhibited - he explains -, leads to increasingly distance people from the concept of" artisan ". By now it seems normal for many people to find a violin maker in the market for a thousand euros, a violin guitar for 400 euros and so on. Contact with the "real" has been lost. Quality stringed instruments are high quality craftsmanship and require other work times, as well as other spending budgets ".

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Visita guidata al laboratorio in via Danzetta

Special product: «Most of the visitors who go to our shows, even the most skeptical, understand well after a careful presentation that the product they observe is special, they may not like it, but the fact remains that it is different from what they usually find. Others are already well informed, those who buy in fact have a little knowledge of the craft and the product of the luthier. And in this there are pros and cons. Surely among the pros the peculiarity of the instruments and in some cases the remarkable precision in the details (timbre, playability, aesthetics). Among the cons there is the price, in some Top series, as well as the difficulty in trusting. Not all luthiers (such as artisans or artists) are good and have taste, while industry can be trusted more easily ".

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Trio Joy De Vito inverso

Liuteria unveiled: For this purpose, in addition to exhibiting, Federico occasionally explains the complexities of the trade through short presentations that take the name of 'La Liuteria unveiled: «During Umbria Jazz I met 43 boys, of mixed age, to whom I have briefly explained the construction of a stringed instrument. The result is certainly surprising, it gives me much surprise to see how curious and interested I am in my work ».

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Temporary EXPO UJ 2018

Events: In front of the temporary luthiery then several local and other artists have played, including Lusi, Joy De Vito, Vins Johnson, Gabriele Bianchi, Carla Bella, Bernardo Sacconi, Francesco Pantusa, I am a Man, I Picari, that they have alternated with the instruments (on loan) of the Violin Making. "We like to create these synergies and make it easier for musicians to play without wearing too much equipment," says Federico.

Heavy Wood at UJ 2018

Joy De Vito at UJ 2018

Tools: The instruments of Violin making were also protagonists during the festival. «Other artists who seem to always like Umbria jazz, like buskers, are Heavy Woods. This year they ended up in the main stage in Piazza 4 Nov. invited by The Mystic New Orleans. Bob Horse (Roberto Cavallo) brought his 7-string "C-Drawk" guitar to the stage, which we made two years ago. He showed some virtuosity, and the public reacted well ». While for the bass that Federico was supposed to give to Nik West before his performance at the Arena, there was no propitious and ideal moment for delivery.

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