Giovanni Lazzaro violin, 2013
Giovanni Lazzaro is a pre-eminent Italian violin maker who is also sought after for his highly skilled and sophisticated restoration work, and in-depth understanding of tonal adjustment, working for many leading musicians from Italy’s finest ensembles. In 1985, he graduated with full marks from the International School of Violin Making, Cremona, working conjointly with Riccardo Bergonzi. He expanded his knowledge further under the direction of such mentors as Hans J. Nebel, Vahakn Nigogosian and Igor Moroder. This lovely violin has been played professionally since its genesis in 2013, giving its full, rich tone a lustrous sheen, with sophistication, versatility and great responsiveness. The golden brown oil varnish, with its subtle antiquing, is a beautiful foil for the elegantly flamed, one-piece maple back.