Violin Maker - Umberto Bernabò #Story N.3

Umberto

Umberto

Umberto is a craftsman of music with a marked preference for string instruments. As a boy he is strongly attracted by the violin and above all by the idea of building one, but he does not yet know the world of violin making. The choice to follow that inclination comes by chance, seeing the Portobello TV program, thanks to which he discovers the International School of Violin Making in Cremona. From there he developed the idea that building violins could really become his job, so he decided to attend the Cremona school, specializing in the construction of stringed instruments.

He then moved to Rome, where he worked for several years on the creation of various musical instruments and, at the same time, he gave lutherie training courses. Nostalgic of his land, he later decided to return to Tuscany and establish his own violin making workshop in Braccagni, in the heart of the Maremma.

He then moved to Rome, where he worked for several years on the creation of various musical instruments and, at the same time, he gave lutherie training courses. Nostalgic of his land, he later decided to return to Tuscany and establish his own violin making workshop in Braccagni, in the heart of the Maremma.

Umberto Bernabò violin maker

Umberto Bernabò Liutaio is a professional violin making workshop, specialized in the construction of stringed musical instruments. Each creation is made using strictly artisan techniques, coming from the ancient Cremonese violin-making tradition. The materials chosen for the body of the instruments are exclusive woods, selected according to the specific requirements.

About his work, Umberto says: "The most interesting thing, technically speaking, is the sculpture of the table and the bottom, that is, those parts that contribute to the instrument's voice, giving it timbre and power". In every instrument created, in fact, particular attention is paid to acoustics, which is continually researched in the thickness of the wood and in the assembly process. So acoustics is the most abstract and creative part of this work.

As Umberto states: "In violinmaking you have to follow strict rules, the imagination lies in searching for the sound of instruments, in understanding why they play". And he adds: «When you then finish building the instrument unrefined, because it is not painted yet, and the acoustic test is done, the most beautiful thing is to hear the sound for the first time, because you start to understand which character he could have".

Umberto Bernabò Liutaio is in Braccagni (Gr) in Via Aurelia Nord, 12

For more information about Umberto Bernabò Liutaio visit his website: Il Liutaio