Valentino De Zorzi
(1837 – 1916)
A carpenter by training who probably taught himself violin making, De Zorzi worked in Pistoia before moving to Florence in 1885, where he helped to revive the Tuscan school's flagging craft. His earliest-known instrument is a viola from 1880, which shows an experienced hand.
De Zorzi adopted many traditions of the classical Tuscan school and generally used a highly recognisable personal ...Read More model with Stainer characteristics. He used local wood and a 'framed' brand in the style of Gabrielli. Invented a large instrument called the contraviolino.
His workshop was taken over by his pupil Silvio Vezio Paoletti after his death.
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