The Cozio Carteggio

The Cozio Carteggio takes its name from Count Cozio’s notebooks, which form the first historical record of fine instruments and their makers. Each week, the Carteggio publishes features about the string world, from expert commentary on historic instruments and bows, to interviews with musicians and analysis of the string market. Contributors include Carlo Chiesa, John Dilworth, Philip J. Kass, Dmitry Gindin, Pierre Guillaume and many other experts.

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Otello Bignami

How a young furniture restorer rose to become one of the leading lights of the modern Bolognese school

By Roberto Regazzi

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Otello Bignami (1914–1989) came from outside the violin making tradition. He was born into a working class family in Bologna and had to begin earning while he was still a child in the early 1920s, first as a handyman and then as a journeyman employed by specialized furniture makers and restorers...


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