Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
Adapted from "Liuteria moderna in Emilia Romagna" by Artemio Versari.
Ettore Soffritti studied under his father Luigi, and attended a number of Bologna workshops until, at only fifteen years of age, he was ready to open his own shop. Though he took inspiration from the classics of Cremona and from Marconcini, he developed a personal model characterised by rounded and very pronounced edges, with the so-called "beaded" effect; the head was also sculpted in a particular fashion, terminating with a small rounded button.
From “La grande Liuteria Italiana” by Artemio Versari
The violin making in Emilia Romagna, however, also includes figures from other cities. Ettore Soffritti was born in Ferrara in 1877, and as a youth worked with his father Luigi, a carpenter and violin maker. At fifteen he opened his own workshop. He visited several workshops in Bologna, where he got practical experience and developed his style. He was awarded prizes in exhibitions in Ferrara and Brussels in 1910, and in Turin 1911. Soffritti enjoyed reknown success early in his carreer and was sought out by many famous musicians. His production was often based on personal models inspired by classical makers, as well as historically important local makers, such as Marconcini. He died suddenly in 1928. His work is highly characteristic. He had many students.