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. They include expert commentary on historic instruments and bows, interviews with leading musicians and analysis of the string market. Contributors include Jason Price, Carlo Chiesa, John Dilworth, Philip J. Kass, Dmitry Gindin, Pierre Guillaume, Paul Childs, Alessandra Barabaschi and many other experts.

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Emile Francais and Yehudi Menuhin

Lupot and his successors, part 5: Caressa & Français

The continuation of the Bernardel business in the hands of two very different personalities: Albert Caressa and Henri Français

By Gael Francais

Henri Français was born in Mirecourt in 1861 and descended from an ancient family of stringed instrument makers and lace makers from the Lorraine region. He started his apprenticeship in the workshop of Auguste Darte and moved to Paris in 1880, where he was hired by Gand & Bernardel Frères. In this shop, he quickly applied his skills to new making and restoration.


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