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Stefano Bertoli

Stefano Bertoli Luthier
Italian, English
By appointment only
+39 3331475224
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Musicality meets craftsmanship

  • • Stefano used to be a musician
  • • The materials he uses are quite rare
  • • He respects a process of imitation and innovation

Stefano Bertoli is a young violin maker based in Milan, where he has his own workshop together with three other young artisans. "I have always been a musician. But when I started at violin making school, gazing at the work of my teachers, I fell in love with the precision and the great attention to detail that is typical of craftsmanship," he explains of his transition from musician to craftsman. He focuses primarily on the construction of bowed instruments, whose models are both designed by him and taken from the great masters of the Italian violin making tradition. He also carries out restoration and repair of instruments, with a particular attention to their set-up and sound optimization. His instruments are entirely handcrafted and hand varnished.

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This cello is inspired by an original Stradivari from the 18th century. Its shape has been studied in depth in order to keep the same design and to use the instrument’s standard measures. It is handcrafted to keep the original shapes and emphasise the acoustics, thus giving the instrument a great sound versatility.

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This instrument is inspired by the Messiah Stradivarius violin of the 1716. It builds upon the original shapes, measures and camber. An entirely natural oli varnish has been handcrafted, in the workshop, using oils and amber coloured with madder roots. The violino is characterised by a great sound power and very wide harmonics.

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This instrument is inspired by the Cannone model of 1743, fabricated by Guarneri del Gesù. This copy reproduces the shapes and cambers of the original, while trying to obtain the maximum sonority. The varnishing was organised in two phases. The first one was the colouring of the instrument, while the second one was an ageing process.

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