About us

Il Salabue is a publishing house specialised in producing and printing art books devoted to violin making. The company was established in 1997 with the intent of promoting Piedmontese violin making, and combines editorial activities with the organisation of shows and exhibitions of bowed and plucked stringed music instruments.

The first book in the Piedmontese Violin Making series, devoted to the violin maker Annibale Fagnola, was published in 1999 and won the national contest for the best quality of printing, as well as receiving an award in Paris in 2000. One of our main aims is to achieve top quality, both in terms of historical research and documentation, and in the selection of music instruments.

We also seek to collaborate with top-level scholars and researchers: Charles Beare, Duane Rosengard, Philip J. Kass, Jean Jacques Rampal, and Roland Baumgartner are only some of the experts who contributed to producing our books or took part in some of the events we organised In addition, the dense network of contacts with musicians, musicologists, luthiers, collectors and enthusiasts around the world allows us to find, if necessary, music instruments of particular value and historical importance.

Our scientific committee, formed by experts in the field, is able to select, certify and evaluate music instruments, both stringed and plucked, also providing an accurate estimate of the works for insurance purposes.

Thanks to these characteristics, Il Salabue is one of a kind, bringing together a whole range of skills and abilities that could otherwise only be found among various different spheres. Our specialisation in the sector of music instruments enables us to contribute significantly to making the art of violin making better known and promoting a significant cultural heritage throughout the world.