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112-0002 東京都文京区小石川2-2-13 1F
1F 2-2-13 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo 112-0002 JAPAN

後楽園駅
丸の内線【4b出口】 南北線【8番出口】
KORAKUEN Station (M22, N11)
春日駅 三田線・大江戸線【6番出口】
KASUGA Station (E07)

Modern Italian Violin Collection 2022

Modern Italian Violin Collection 2022
At Bunkyo-Gakki, we are excited to offer instrumentalists our finest selection of excellent quality instruments at globally competitive prices.

Italian violins from in and out of the country have been selected carefully, tailored to our customers’ needs and preferences. Each instrument has been meticulously adjusted in order to bring out its best quality.

Each of the instrument have been uniquely cultivated in Italian heritage and is offered at an agreeable price. We would like to warmly welcome you for a trial with Bunkyo-Gakki’s Italian Violin Collection 2022.

Carlo BISIACH

Violin
Carlo BISIACH
Florence / Italy
1923
Price ¥16,500,000(incl. Tax)

A Collector’s Piece Inherited by the Genius of the Prestigious Bisiach Family

Carlo Bisiach’s (1892-1968) production technique stood out even among the rest of the Bisiach family, who lead the rise of the modern Milanese school. He set up his own workshop in the 1920s and became independent from his father Leandro, and produced brilliant instruments in accordance with the Bisiach family’s tradition.
Created in 1927, this violin was made with his favorite material, maple, and is synonymous with a Amatese Strad*. It is in an almost unused condition and was passed down by an Italian family, who directly purchased it from the Bisiach family.
Its full-bodied and luminous sound created from its refined proportion is what it makes this concert violin distinctive, and its true character will shine through as it is played thoroughly.

*1:Referring to the Stradivarius model influenced by Amati in the 1680s.


Giuseppe CASTAGNINO

Violin
Giuseppe CASTAGNINO
Chiavari / Italy
1949
Price ¥5,500,000(incl. Tax)

An Undiscovered and Exquisite Instrument from “Modern Genovese School” with Fiorini’s Lineage

Giuseppe Castagnino (1883-1966) trained in Munich under Giuseppe Fiorini (1861-1934), a master in the modern Bolognese school. Parallels can be drawn with Ansaldo Poggi, the greatest authority in the modern Italian school, who were also inspired and trained by Fiorini in Zurich, and the two share common traits in their production styles. This violin was made in 1949 and in the style of “Guarneri model*2”, which was Castagnino’s preferred style. The flat arch is somewhat reminiscent of Poggi’s work, and it is finished with a slightly hard golden-brown varnish. Its strong and direct sound makes a perfect soloists’ violin, and an undiscovered masterpiece from the modern Genovese school.

*2: It is thought to be influenced by Cesare Candi, who was also a part of the modern Bolognese/Genovese school and was in charge of Paganini’s Cannon Del Gesu of the City of Genoa.


Aristide CAVALLI lb. Franchi

Violin
Aristide CAVALLI lb. Franchi
Cremona / Italy
1923
Price ¥3,300,000(Incl. Tax)

A Highly Sort After Italian Violin from the Modern Cremona School

Aristide Cavalli (1856-1931) was a violin maker who was a part of the modern Cremona school. He was famed for establishing the violin workshop “Officina Claudio Monteverdi” in Cremona.
This 1923 work was personally made by Cavalli himself, with its dark red varnish and refined form makes it unique.
At a relatively reasonable price compared with other modern Italian works, it is an attractive option for those with a limited budget but are seeking a modern Italian violin that can create brilliant sound with generous volume.


Giovanni CAVANI

Violin
Giovanni CAVANI
Modena / Italy
ca1900
Price ¥5,500,000(Incl. Tax)

A Unique Modern Italian “Guarneri model” Violin with Lush and Expressive Sound

Having been commissioned by music conservatories of Parma and Bologna, Giovanni Cavani (1851-1936) created string instruments with superb sound quality. His violas were particularly outstanding among his other works, and have been loved by professional musicians for its abundant expressiveness.
Made in around 1900, this violin was produced in a style of a wide “Guarneri model”. Compared with other modern Italian works in this era, it projects a more primitive and raw impression. Its volume is impeccable, and has a touch of darker and masculine sound.
This modern Italian violin is highly recommendable for violinists who are looking for an instrument with individualistic expressiveness.


Marco DOBRETSOVITCH

Violin
Marco DOBRETSOVITCH
Alexandria / Egypt
1936
Price ¥8,800,000(Incl. Tax)

A Fusion of “Pollastri”’s Tradition and the Global Standard, Created in Egypt by Dobretsovitch

Born in Montenegro, Marco Dobretsovitch (1891-c.1960) trained under the modern Italian master Augusto Pollastri and obtained sophisticated production techniques, after which he moved his production base to Egypt. Despite being produced in Egypt, Dobretsovitch’s works received a wide recognition amongst experts as being a part of the ‘modern Italian school’.
Produced in 1936, this violin clearly displays its modern Bolognese technical influence with its varnishing and craftsmanship, while it also shows a classical ‘Stradivarius’ trait, which is a diversion from Pollastri’s tradition.
Its balanced proportion produces a bright and rich sound, and it is no wonder it has gained a reputation among knowledgeable professional musicians as a ‘reliable’ violin.


Luigi FABRIS

Violin
Luigi FABRIS
Venice / Italy
1870
Price ¥8,800,000(Incl. Tax)

A Unique Masterpiece by Fabris, the Last Master of the ‘Venice School’

Luigi Fabris (1809-1889) set up his workshop in the 1830s, and played a prominent role as a master who bridged the Venice’s old school (~18th Century) and the modern (19th and 20th Century). With the use of soft varnish, which was one of the characteristics of the old Italian style, he gained recognition as the last master craftsman of the Venice school. Fabris was also selling varnishes, and since then the observation of the ‘varnish absorb into the wood enhances the acoustics characteristics’ became a widely accepted knowledge.
Made in 1870, this violin has a coat of dark red varnish that is reminiscent of the old Venice school. A truly valuable and unique masterpiece, this slightly compact Guarneri model violin pays an homage to the del Gesu in the 1740s. It is modern and yet covered in a hint of the old school.

Annibale FAGNOLA

Violin
Annibale FAGNOLA
Turin / Italy
1931
Price €220,000(Incl. Tax)

Modern Italian Violin at its Finest - A Potential “Le Messie” of Fagnola

Annibale Fagnola (1865-1939) was the most prominent of all modern Italian violin makers. In a typically Italian fashion, it comes with a sensuous shape with a coat of lustrous varnish. With its superb acoustic character that enables the instrument to sing with passion, Fagnola’s violins boast an immense popularity in Japan.
This time, we obtained this piece of work that ought to be referred to as Fagnola’s ‘Le Messie’*3, in mint-condition from the world renowned string instrument collector, Mr Gianni Acconero.
This 1931 made violin has managed to be preserved in an astonishingly impeccable condition. It has never been opened, and its varnish remained intact from the day it was made. Its projection is flawless and it has a slightly warmer tone compared with the other Fagnola’s works.
With its great potential in its investment value as a collector’s piece, we highly recommend it for a trial.

*3 The most well-preserved Stradivarius in the world. It is known as the Messiah, and is displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK.

※Please note that the price displayed is in Euro.

Riccardo GENOVESE

Violin
Riccardo GENOVESE
Montiglio / Italy
Price ¥11,000,000(Incl. Tax)

A Classically Turinese Violin Made by Genovese, the Righthand Man of Fagnola

Riccardo Genovese (1883-1935) was the first apprentice of Fagnola, who was the most prominent figure among the modern Italian violin makers. He gained his skills so quickly that he became Fagnola’s co-maker soon after.
This violin was made in the 1927, when Genovese was reaching his pinnacle of his career while working as Fagnola’s righthand man. This Pressenda-model instrument follows the authentic Turinese standard, which can be seen in the form of its dark red varnish and its black chamfer on the scroll, while Genovese’s characteristic is still notable.
Its direct sound can be projected all the way to the back of the hall, and is comparative to that of Fagnola’s. This classically Turinese violin is recommended for all, including soloists.

Dante & Alfredo GUASTALLA

Violin
Dante & Alfredo GUASTALLA
Reggio Emilia / Italy
1927
Price ¥4,400,000(Incl. Tax)

An Extraordinarily Rare Piece by the Guastalla Brothers that Inherited the Style of a Modern Italian Genius ‘Scarampella’

Known as the “Guastalla Brothers”, with the older brother Dante and the younger brother Alfredo, they worked together in Reggio Emilia, a city between Palma and Modena. They were great followers of a brilliant master of the Mantova school, Stefano Scarampella. Since their production number was low, their instruments are rarities in Japan.
This 1927 made violin demonstrates a typical Guastalla Brother’s style, with its flat arch and the design of the long and narrow F-Holes that indicates Scarampella’s influence. Acoustically too, the instrument has a rich and dense quality that is reminiscent of a powerful and dark sound, which is synonymous with Scarampella’s.
This extremely rare item is highly recommended for those whose emphasis is on what the instrument can do and not solely on the brand.

Alberto GUERRA

Violin
Alberto GUERRA
Modena / Italy
1957
Price ¥4,400,000(Incl. Tax)

“A Quintessential Italian Violin” nurtured in Modena, a City with its Commitment to Aesthetics

Trained under the Bolognese school violin maker Gaetano Pollastri, Alberto Guerra (1908 -1968) flourished in Modena in Emilia-Romagna region, which is famed for its production of Ferrari and Balsamic vinegar and its commitment to quality. By the the late 20th Century, while the works produced in Milan and Cremona were becoming more polished, Guerra kept his dedication for aesthetically authentic productions.
This violin, which was made in 1957, has a slightly dark painted wood which brings out the deep red varnish, faithfully follows Pollastri’s Bolognese tradition and exudes an understated quality. Its performance in terms of projection and the tone quality is next to none even compared with works of other Bolognese masters.
This violin, an embodiment of the great Italian violin making tradition, is highly recommended for any player who has a passion for quality.

Giuseppe LUCCI

Violin
Giuseppe LUCCI
Rome / Italy
1980
Price ¥6,050,000(Incl. Tax)

A Masterpiece in the Final Years by Giuseppe Lucci, the Last Maestro of the 20th Century

Hardworking and disciplined, Giuseppe Lucci (1910-1991) was referred to as being the last maestro of the 20th Century. He also had a close friendship with Sacconi, a New York based leading researcher on Stradivarius. For that reason, despite being trained under Bisiach in Milan and Borghi in Rome, majority of his work were largely Stradivarius models.
Although this 1980 made violin is without exception a Stradivarius model, perhaps it being one of his works in his final years, it radiates a sense of liberation too. The branding iron of the ‘two fish’ is another of its attractive features. Its glorious and bright, as well as its powerful projection from this large Stradivarius model is that of an archetypically Italian violin sound.
This late masterpiece by Giuseppe Lucci, the last maestro of 20th Century, is highly recommended to players of all kinds.

Rodolfo PARALUPI

Viola
Rodolfo PARALUPI
Rome / Italy
1949
Price ¥5,500,000(Incl. Tax)

A Remarkable Italian Viola Made by the Master Classical Guitar Maker, Rodolfo Paralupi

Rudolfo Paralupi (1890 - after 1950) was a superb guitar maker who were active in Rome, who possessed the skill that won him a gold medal in a competition in Cremona in 1949. For that reason, the numbers of violin family he worked on were limited.
This viola, made in 1949 in Rome, is an extremely rare piece and has a unique shape that could not have been conceived by any ordinary violin makers. This was purely the result of his pursuit to strike a balance between 'playability and sound quality’, which is a common proposition to all instruments.
Its playable size combined with its ability to ‘sing’ as a viola, this precious Italian viola is highly recommended for all including professional players. 

Pedrazzini workshop

Violin
Pedrazzini workshop
Milan / Italy
1930
Price ¥5,500,000(Incl. Tax)

An Innovative Violin Made by the Pedrazzini Workshop, the Foremost Milanese Production Group

Giuseppe Pedrazzini (1879 - 1957) was renowned for his superb production skill in the modern Milanese school. His reputation flourished overseas and lead to his works being exported to London, and it was the excellent Pedrazzini group that supported the production. As well as Garimberti, his nephew Novelli and his brother Afro, the workshop consisted of craftsmen who would later flourish in their own right.
This violin was made in 1930s at the workshop against such backdrop. While following Pedrazzini’s style, it also had an extremely innovative approach and used bird’s eye maple with this violin. It has a clear and brilliant tone quality would be admired by all, and is also recommended as one’s first full-size instrument.

 

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1F 2-2-13 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo 112-0002 JAPAN
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