Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
From "Liuteria moderna in Emilia Romagna" by Artemio Versari.
Giuseppe Fiorini was born in Bazzano in 1861, the year of the Unity of Italy. It's fundamental defining the cultural climate surrounding the young Giuseppe Fiorini as he grew up: a culture that took the distant and prestigious past as its myth. And for a violin maker, a young man animated by a profund desire to learn, with an above-average culture and a boundless passion for his profession, that past was inevitably the great classical tradition of Cremona and of its most famous exponent: Antonio Stradivari. In fact he worked almost exclusively to the Stradivari model. Giuseppe Fiorini was undoubtedly the first contemporary violin maker: builder, repairer, renovator, experienced and active consultant, a clever dealer in instruments, as well as owning a significant collection.
Adapted from "Liuteria moderna in Emilia Romagna" by Artemio Versari.
Giuseppe Fiorini was born in Bazzano (Bologna) in 1861. He began violin making with his father Raffaele, but distanced himself from him due to differences in work philosophies: Giuseppe's idea of lutherie contrasted greatly with that of Raffaele's. By 1885 he had already set up his own shop in Bologna. He received recognition in exhibitions in 1881 and 1888. He moved to Munich to work for the maker Rieger and eventually married his daughter. In 1889 he became a partner in the firm, and in 1896 he took it over completely. In that period, Giuseppe's skills as an expert and restorer were widely recognized, and he was voted president of the Association of German Violin Makers. He was also accomplished in dealing, but decided to give it up in 1912 and focus on construction. During the First World War he moved to Zurich. He returned to Italy with the idea of founding a violin making school in order to promote artefacts from the Stradivari workshop that he acquired in 1920 from the descendants of Count Cozio di Salabue. His attemps in Rome, Florence, Turin and Bologna proved unsuccessful, and in the end, he donated the collection to the city of Cremona. Giuseppe died in Munich in 1934 and did not live to see the establishment of the violin school in Cremona in 1938. He lost his eyesight in his final years. Like his father, he taught many students, including Ansaldo Poggi. His instruments are much sought after and highly regarded.