Much of what has been written about the life of Vincenzo Trusiano Panormo is based on information provided by his eldest son Francesco, subsequently published in The History of the Violin by Sandys and Forster in 1864.[1] This included his date and place of birth, given as 30 November 1734 in the cathedral town of Monreale, just north of Palermo in Sicily, along with the assertion that Vincenzo made violins, cellos, double basses and various different wind instruments, and that he also worked in England, France and Ireland.

Since then a few addresses have been suggested for Vincenzo in Paris, some more realistic than others, as well as instruments ascribed to both London and Dublin – yet there was no substantial evidence to confirm when he worked in those cities.

Recent research has now firmly identified Vincenzo and his family as working in Palermo, Naples, Milan, Paris, Dublin and London, and this has enabled a much fuller picture to emerge of a greatly travelled man.

  • The Palermo arms, used by Vincenzo on some of his labels
  • An excerpt from 'The History of the Violin' by Sandys & Forster