Annibale Fagnola. Part of a much wider project that will examine in depth the modern Liuteria piemontese school, this first monograph is dedicated to Annibale Fagnola. Far from being a typical violin maker of his time, he was a dedicated craftsman but also skilled at managing the more commercial aspects of his profession. This combination made him the forerunner of an essentially modern conception of the work of a violin maker. Fagnola was able to create his own unmistakable style, reconciling his undoubted skill and artistic sensitivity with his fondness for the great names of violin making, and at the same time introducing innovation into the Piedmontese tradition. His was an entirely personal interpretation of the works of the great eighteenth and nineteenth-century masters, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda and Giuseppe Rocca. His biography is the result of years of research, scientific verification, collection of direct testimony from his heirs, and analysis of the dense correspondence of those close to this great violin maker. The result enabled us to reconstruct his whole career and cast light on his artistic evolution. In such a detailed monograph his pupils also deserve their place, and so the book also dedicates considerable space to Annibalotto Fagnola, Stefano Vittorio Fasciolo and Riccardo Genovese. The publication was presented in Cremona, at Palazzo Fodri, on the occasion of the exhibition of Piedmontese instruments entitled "Liutai Piemontesi, fra XIX e XX secolo, da Pressenda a Fagnola" (Piedmontese violin makers between the 19th and 20th centuries, from Pressenda to Fagnola).
Giovanni Accornero, after studying guitar during his childhood, soon became interested in violin making, building his first instrument at the age of 18 under the guidance of luthier Pietro Gallinotti (Solero - Alessandria). In addition to building and restoring plucked instruments, he devoted himself to the restoration of stringed instruments, attending Arnaldo Morano's workshop and participating in restoration courses.
In 2002, he built a guitar for the "Palacio de la Guitarra" museum in Tokyo, the first Italian guitar to become part of this prestigious collection.
Collaboration with the most authoritative international researchers, organologists, restorers, scholars, experts and luthiers has enabled him to acquire a deep knowledge on the history of ancient and modern Italian stringed instrument making, especially Piedmontese, and his certificates of authenticity are now internationally recognized by collectors, musicians, public and private institutions.
He has also collaborated on countless publications and has been curator of important exhibitions of stringed and plucked instruments.
Since 2011 Giovanni Accomero has been a member of the association "Friends of Stradivari," which is engaged in activities aimed at popularizing stringed instrument making in the world, especially violin making from Piedmont and Cremona.
Since 2012 he has been the official advisor to the German foundation KulturFonds - Peter E. Eckes, active in patronage operations in the search and purchase of stringed instruments to lend to talented young musicians. The latter include violinist Bin Huang, violinist Giovanni Andrea Zanon and the Cremona Quartet.
In 2013, he was appointed conservator of the collection of historical musical instruments donated by Eng. Carlo Alberto Carutti to the city of Cremona, for which he edited the catalog, on permanent display at "Le Stanze per la Musica" rooms, of the Ala Ponzone Civic Museum in Cremona.
Since 2015 he has been an employee of the Lugano-based company MusicMasterpieces, committed to supporting talented young musicians through the Adopt a Musician initiative, managing the loan of string instruments from important private collections.
Born in Novara in 1967, Ivan Epicoco in 1991 graduated in Musicology from the School of Paleography and Musical Philology in Cremona with a thesis dedicated to the evolution of the guitar and its performance practice.
Subsequently, he devoted himself to the study of Piedmontese, Cremonese and Bolognese violin making, both with regard to string instruments and the guitar.
His professional contribution to the publishing project and to the coordination of the publishing house's activities is of fundamental importance.
In 1996 he began his journalistic career at RAI, working first at the Culture and Entertainment editorial office of Tg2 and later moving to the TGR editorial office in Bolzano.
Since 1999 he has been at the TGR of Emilia-Romagna, of which he is currently chief editor.
Passionate about music in general, he approaches the history of violin making through study and archival research.
Thanks to a meeting with Dr. Roccia of the Historical Archives of the City of Turin, he entered the fascinating world of archives realizing immediately the enormous amount of research work still to be done. His friendship with Giovanni Accornero and collaboration with leading international researchers and scholars enabled him to gain a deep understanding of the history of Piedmontese violin making.
With the contribution of his research, he managed to shed light on the life of Count Cozio di Salabue and some of the most important Piedmontese violin makers (Primarily Pressenda, Fagnola and Oddone). In addition, he coordinated the valuable survey work on the history of luthiers in Emilia-Romagna preparatory to the production of Artemio Versari's volume.
In another capacity, he is in charge of the field of exhibitions and expositions, taking care of the presentations, contacts with institutions and foundations, and concretizing the scientific project at all operational stages, from the exhibition idea to the realization of the event.
Below a list of exhibitions of instruments:
• Casale Monferrato (AL), Palazzo Sannazzaro, 2005
Count Cozio of Salabue. Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont
Exhibition of Piedmontese string instruments from the 17th to the 20th century.
• Alessandria, Palazzo del Monferrato, 2008
The Guitar. Four centuries of Masterpieces
Exhibition of string instruments from the 17th to the 20th century.
• Torino Antiquaria, Lingotto Fiere, 2013
Violin Making. Masters of the Piedmontese school
Display of stringed instruments from the great Piedmontese School.
• Reggia di Venaria, Sale dei Paggi, 2018
Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names. Lutherie and Music between Seventeenth and Twentieth centuries in Europe
Exhibition of thirty musical masterpieces that narrated four centuries of violin making, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.
Masters of the Piedmontese school
Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont
Esposizione di chitarre, XVII - XX secolo