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©Fabio Baldassarra
©Ester Passiatore
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©Ester Passiatore
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Ester Passiatore

  • Luthier
  • Bari, Italy
  • Rising Star
Ester Passiatore Luthier
Italian, English, French
By appointment only
+39 3487920135
©Ester Passiatore

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  • • Ester is one of the few violin makers in her region
  • • She creates and restores string instruments
  • • She is passionate about baroque instruments

When asked by a high-school teacher whether she preferred to “become Caesar or Caesar’s chef”, Ester realised that she could do something noble and emotional in life, yet staying in the background rather than being on stage. She decided to evolve her passion and sensitivity for sounds into learning a craft and becoming a violin maker. After her studies in Bari and Milan, she spent years perfecting her craft thanks to the guidance of several masters, in Italy and abroad, and learning how to create and restore not just violins but also cellos, violas, gambas and double basses. Today, she runs one of the few violin making workshops in the Apulia region, a territory where this craft is rare but where music is key, as “it represents a social redemption for many young people”.

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  • ©Fabio Baldassarra
  • ©Fabio Baldassarra
  • ©Fabio Baldassarra
  • ©Fabio Baldassarra
  • ©Fabio Baldassarra
Photo: ©Fabio Baldassarra
Violoncello barocco a 5 corde

This red-orange hued cello, inspired by Fratelli Amati, was fitted with gut strings. The top of the cello is made from spruce and the back as well as head and ribs made from Flamed Balkanian maple. The cello has an oil varnish coating and the fingerboard finished with veneer.

Length 70 cm
Length 64 cm

Photo: ©Fabio Baldassarra
Violoncello moderno 4 corde

This red orange hue cello was inspired by a cello made by P.G Rogeri in 1717. The top of the cello is made from spruce and the back as well as head and ribs made from Flamed Balkanian maple. The cello has an oil varnish coating and the fingerboard made in ebony.

Length 73.3 cm
Length 69 cm

Photo: ©Fabio Baldassarra
Viola da gamba a 6 corde modello Inglese

This six-string viola da gamba basso is based on an antique English model. The viola is made from a combination of spruce, for the front, and Flamed Balkanian maple on the back, head and ribs. The instrument has been finished with an oil varnish coat giving it a uniform yellow hue. The back of the scrool and on the tailpiece are finished with intaglio decorations.

Length 67.2 cm
Length 69.5 cm

Photo: ©Fabio Baldassarra
Violone Viennese a 5 corde

This five-strings Viennese violone was inspired by a historic Viennese model. Ester Passiatore has associated spruce, for the front of the instrument, and flat flamed Balkanian maple for the back, head and ribs of the instrument. The fingerboard and tailpiece are also made from flamed maple.

Length 103.4 cm
Length 105 cm

Photo: ©Fabio Baldassarra
Viola da gamba a 7 corde

This seven-string viola da gamba was inspired by the iconic creations of Nicolas Bertrand. The head of the instrument was meticulously carved out with a traditional sculptural head. The instrument, made from a combination of spruce and maple was finished with an oil varnish, giving it a red-orange hue.

Length 70 cm
Length 70 cm

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