Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
Adapted from "La Grande Liuteria Italiana" by Artemio Versari.
Augusto Pollastri was one of the renowned Italian makers of the 20th century. Born in Bologna in 1877, Augusto was obliged to work at an early age. Raffaele Fiorini hired him as an errand boy, but he was quickly promoted to apprentice. At seventeen - shortly after the death of his father - Pollastri was appointed shop leader when Fiorini fell ill. When Fiorini retired three years later, Augusto opened his own workshop in Bologna, in the house where he lived with his brother Gaetano. He initially made some violins using Torinese models, but it was a stylistic experiment that he did not pursue. Consequently, he sought inspiration in other styles , evidently in search of his own model. In 1906 he created what is still defined as the "Pollastri" model and used it exclusively. He was awarded a prize in 1927 at the Geneva competition, where he presented his last instrument. He died that same year.
In total he signed 65 instruments (55 violins, 5 violas and 5 cellos). Augusto did restoration work and traded antique instruments, in addition to making new instruments. The celebrated violinist Sarasate was one of his clients. He possessed extraordinary craftsmanship that allowed him create instruments with a strong and unmistakable character, and his production attests to his remarkable artistry.