Contemporary Italian Violin, Alessandro Di Matteo, 2009
Clear, warm, responsive
Alessandro di Matteo is an internationally acclaimed violin maker from Cremona, Italy. His study of the violin is all-encompassing, ranging from performance to the physics of sound. With this research, he has developed a constructive violin theory, inspired by old manuscripts as well as modern theories on how to achieve the highest quality of sound. After devoting himself fully to the making of string instruments, he studied at the Antonio Stradivari International School in Cremona, where he continues to teach. His extensive study is beautifully displayed in this fine violin.
The back of this violin is formed from two pieces of quarter-cut maple, marked by a medium-narrow flame which slants slightly downward from the center joint. The wood on the ribs and scroll is similar to that of the back. The grain of the two-piece spruce top is straight, narrow, and even. The instrument is covered with a warm, medium brown varnish, over a pale brown ground. Di Matteo’s knowledge of his craft is evident in the elegant carving of the F-holes.
Easily playable and adaptable, the violin has a sound that is clear, warm, and responsive.
It bears a printed label that reads Alessandro di Matteo, fece Cremona , Anno 2009 as well as the maker’s signature. The violin is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.5cm
Middle Bouts: 11.3cm
Lower Bouts: 20.6cm