Masters of the Piedmontese school
2013, 80 pp.
rilegato con copertina rigida, 24 x 34 cm
"Violin Making, Masters of the Piedmontese school" is the title of the collateral exhibition of music instruments that took place in Turin, simultaneously with the first review of Torino Antiquaria 2013, an important meeting of merchants and collectors of antiques. This is a great and fitting tribute to Piedmontese violin-making, one of the most important schools of stringed-instrument makers, which for three centuries has been distinguished by evident and characteristic expressive traits through which each violin maker was able to develop his own personality and style. The exhibition devoted to the "Excellences" has highlighted the highly artistic regional Piedmont craftmanship, unquestioned cultural heritage admired, sought after and pursued world-wide. Twenty-one masterpieces, presented in a teaching-chronological targeted course. The works of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Giuseppe Antonio Rocca and their best followers and imitators, Annibale Fagnola, Carlo Giuseppe Oddone, Evasio Emilio Guerra and Enrico Marchetti have highlighted, through a direct confrontation, the most important stylistic traits of Piedmont violin makers School.The proposed event obtained extraordinary appreciation from the visitors, representing a comprehensive exhibition of international renown, which arose enormous interest among experts, collectors and musicians in addition to awakening curiosity in the public at large. The Publishing House Edizioni Il Salabue organized the exhibition, supervised by Giovanni Accornero, and provided to the realization of the catalogue.
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.
Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont
Esposizione di chitarre, XVII - XX secolo
Annibalotto Fagnola, Stefano Vittorio Fasciolo, Riccardo Genovese