Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
From "La Grande Liuteria Italiana" by Artemio Versari.
Enrico Rocca was born in Turin in 1847, the son of the famous Giuseppe Rocca. In 1850 he lost his mother and in 1853 he moved to Genoa together with his father. After just a few years it seemed that he no longer lived with his family. In 1866, a year after his father's death, Enrico lived alone and worked as a boatman. After his military service he worked as a carpenter in the naval shipyards of Genoa. He only began in lutherie at the end of the 1870, making mandolins in particular. He presented plucked instruments at exhibitions in Milan, Arezzo, Turin, Genoa and Antwerp. He participated with a bowed string instrument for the first time at the Milan exhibition in 1894; he did the same at the Turin exhibition in 1898. When Praga died, the Genoa city council appointed him to conserve the Paganini violin. He died in Genoa in 1915.
According to many, Enrico Rocca did not learn the craft from his father, but rather from some Genoese luthier, perhaps Praga. In fact the style of Enrico differs from that of his father and although in a certain period he seemed to use family models, he did so with rather evident spontaneity. He prevalently used the models of Paganini's Cannone, in addition to other classical models.