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Italian Maestro violin maker Renato Scrollavezza 1
by Yang Tiqin
Renato Scrollavezza (1927 to 2019) was an Italian luthier (violin maker) and tutor. Renato Scrollavezza was born in Castelnuovo Fogliani, Alseno, Italy, on April 14th 1927. Although part of a family of labourers (who then moved to Noceto in 1930), he began to show more of an interest in woodworking, and then in the fine art of furniture polishing. Determined to succeed in a related field, he managed to enrol in the Cremona Violinmaking School in 1950, and a year later presented them with an instrument he had built himself. Following this major step forward, he graduated from the establishment four years later and, thanks to winning a second place award at the National Competition of Violin Making in Cremona, was able to start a lute school at this point. As well as building the instruments, he also taught violin making at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma from 1975 to 1990. The designs he formulated for his violins were based on a long tradition dating back to the luthier Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, who worked in Parma from 1758 to 1771 (typically using willow wood for the interior and local maple for the exterior, and sometimes pearwood for the tuning pegs). The result was considered closely-linked with the Amati models of the Milanese stringed instrument style. He was also a builder of classical guitars, and from 1988 until the year 2000 was curator of Niccolo Paganini's personal violin (a Guarneri del Gesu creation called "Il Cannone"), on behalf of the Municipality of Genoa. Renato Scrollavezza died in Parma on October 14th 2019, aged 92. The Municipality of Noceto has since started a project to house his School (and a permanent museum of his instruments) in a protected building within the town.
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Posted: 17th November 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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