Stefano Marzi

Italian | Based in Florence

From a young age, I had shown an interest in woodworking and then began to work in a workshop of cabinetmakers and restorers. Later I was inspired by a strong passion for music. Already as a child I played the clarinet in the local band with conductor Danilo Sereni, then as an adult, fascinated by stringed instruments, I began to study violin under the guidance of the teacher Marna Fumarola. From this moment, I began to develop an interest in crafting the first violins, following the advice of various master violin makers that I met. The meeting with the Vettori Paolo family of Florence, known violin makers in the world for three generations, was revealing. From this meeting I received a continuous stimulating comparison to improve the construction technique and I got to know the various models and secret formulas of the Bisiach family varnish.

Today I make violins, violas and cellos on various Montagnana, Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and Storioni models. The wood I use is Balkan maple and local maple for the bottom. For the soundboard, I personally choose spruce from Paneveggio forest, located in Fiemme valley.

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Cello by Stefano Marzi, 2021
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Cello by Stefano Marzi, 2021

Stefano Marzi started making instruments under the supervision of the Vettori family in Florence. This fantastic sounding cello reveals true talent and craftsmanship that far exceeds its price range. This instrument was selected for our upcoming recording of the Mendelssohn Octet to be released later this year. The sound is focused and powerful, with a very fast response and ease of playing. Highly recommended!

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