Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
Adapted from "Liuteria moderna in Emilia Romagna" by Artemio Versari.
Gaetano Sgarabotto was born in Vicenza. Self-taught with regard to his basic training, this maestro perfected his style in Milan with Riccardo Antoniazzi first, and later under Leandro Bisiach. He was appointed head of the Parma School of Violin Making, connected to the Conservatory, and this city became the centre of his activity, despite some periods spent in Vicenza and Brescia. For this reason, Gaetano Sgarabotto may properly be considered Emilian by adoption, at least from the artistic standpoint.
From “La grande Liuteria Italiana” by Artemio Versari
Gaetano Sgarabotto was born in Vicenza, but was active for much of his professional life in Parma. Born in 1878, he learned violin making on his own. In 1901 he moved to Milan, where he met Riccardo Antoniazzi and Leandro Bisiach. In 1905 he returned to Vicenza. After a long period of inactivity during the First World War, he resumed working in Vicenza and then relocated to Parma in 1926. From 1929 to 1936 he taught, together with his son Pietro, at the violin making school in Parma. After the school closed, he moved his business various timens: first to Vicenza, followed by Parma and then to Brescia. He returned to Parma once again in 1957 and died there in 1959. Sgarabotto often worked for Leandro Bisiach. He participated in numerous competitions and exhibitions and often came away with prizes. His work is outstanding and not lacking in personality. He used different models, but with a slight tendency towards Amati and Stradivari; he was also an excellent and skilled copyist.