For centuries the cultural environment in Cento and Pieve di Cento has been characterised by a strong focus on arts, woodworking, and music.
Theatres, Music, Musicians: and therefore violin makers.
When in 1982 the cities of Cento and Pieve di Cento embraced the idea of setting up a course on violin making within the already active School of Artistic Craftsmanship – located in the medieval Porta Ferrara and heir to the great workshops of artisanal tradition – their intent was not to invent anything new but rather to simply try to safeguard what remained of a cultural heritage that was at risk of being lost due to changes in social and economic conditions. The first documented violin workshops in the Cento and Pieve area date back to the 1700s.
Complementing and supporting the educational activity, the Music Museum at the Alice Zeppilli Theatre in Pieve di Cento has been set up for enthusiasts and visitors. The museum’s collection includes musical instruments built in the school, tools, photos and documents related to ancient violin workshops, and a vast selection of musical instruments built by Luigi Mozzani and Claudio Gamberini.
The violin-making classes – initially focused on the construction of bow instruments, violins and violas in particular (classic violin making) – were subsequently extended to include classical and acoustic guitars, and in recent years, given the great interest of the youth, electric guitars.
The courses are non-professional in nature and open to everyone, as has always been the philosophy of the School of Artistic Craftsmanship, even though the quality of teaching, entrusted to experienced and well-known violin professionals, prepares many students for the opportunity of getting into the business after a few years of schooling.
The violin makers of Pieve and Cento have earned awards both in Italy and abroad, and entertain cooperative and business relations with the United States and Europe.
Scuola Artigianato Artistico
via Dosso Dossi 2
40066 Pieve di Cento
Tel. 051 6862 611 (URP di Pieve di Cento)
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