(1861 – 1934)
Son of Bolognese violin maker Raffaele Fiorini, Giuseppe Fiorini first trained with his father and opened his own shop in 1885, when he was just 24 years old. In the late 1880s Fiorini traveled to Munich to work for a maker named Rieger, and after Fiorini married Rieger's daughter the two men set up a partnership, which later ...Read More became the Fiorini firm. After about 15 years he had attained recognition for his skills as a maker and restorer, as well as for the business of buying and selling instruments, and he decided to return to working independently in 1912. He lived in Zurich from 1915 to 1923 but returned to Italy after WWI.
In addition to his talents as a maker and businessman, Fiorini possessed great enthusiasm for teaching. Ansaldo Poggi was one of his best students and the one whose work followed his teacher's most closely. One of Fiorini's life's goals was to establish a violin making school, and to that end he went to great lengths in 1920 to acquire the relics of Stradivari that passed through the hands of the maker's nephew Paolo and the Salabue family. After numerous attempts in other locales, Fiorini finally donated these materials to the Municipality of Cremona in 1930 in the effort to found a school there, but did not live to see that dream realized. The school was finally established in 1938.
Fiorini, like his father, often relied on classical models, especially Stradivari. However, he departed from his father in his use of classical construction methods. His varnish, which is uniformly of excellent texture and clarity, varies in color. Craftsmanship and materials are often superior, and the tone quality of his instruments is remarkable.
- The auction record for this maker is $116,655 in Mar 2011, for a violin.
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