ALBERTO GIORDANO, GENOVA (ITALY)

Alberto Giordano graduated from the International School of Violin Making in Cremona in 1984; attended master Sesto Rocchi in his villa-atelier in San Polo d’Enza and the workshop of Gregg Alf and Joseph Curtin in Cremona; settled in Genoa, his hometown, in 1987.
A member of ALI – Gruppo liutai professionisti since its founding, since 1994 he has collaborated in the conservation of the violin built by Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” “Il Cannone” that belonged to Niccolò Paganini, owned by the City of Genoa. In 2004 as a result of research conducted in public and private archives, he completed with Bruce Carlson the so-called “Historical Recovery.”
The intervention aimed to restore Paganini’s violin to its historical image and restore its identical conditions of playability, eliminating the modernization interventions made since after World War II, in favor of replicas of the original accessories used by Paganini.
A historian of Italian art and violin making, he has been a speaker at numerous conferences and lectures in Italy and abroad; he has numerous publications, essays, and articles to his credit. Alberto Giordano collaborates with the London magazine ‘The Strad,’ with the Italian ‘Archi Magazine,’ with Elettra Sincrotrone of Trieste as part of microtomographic campaigns with synchrotron light applied to violin-making heritage.
For the Violin Museum in Cremona, he gave several lectures and curated in 2014 the exhibition “Italian Violinmakers of the 20th Century: the Genoese School.”
A violin by Alberto Giordano was included in Ruggiero Ricci’s latest work ‘The Legacy of Cremona’ (Dynamic 2001), in which the master plays a selection of contemporary violins.
A copy of it by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini is in the Giulia Accornero collection, while a Guarneri “del Gesù” copy the “Cannon” was acquired by the Dextra Foundation in Oslo. In 2018 Alberto Giordano was a judge at the XV International Triennial Competition in Cremona. He lives and works in Genoa, devoting himself today solely to building, researching history and popularizing the Italian violin-making heritage.

VIOLIN

Year of construction: 2019

Violin model Guarneri “del Gesù” 1743 “Il Cannone” – Genoa, 2019
Length of the back – 353
Tuning fork – 198
Top width – 167
Center width – 111
Bottom width – 205

 

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QUALIFICATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Master of Art and Crafts for the Fondazione Cologni in Milan

Member of the Entente International des Luthiers-Archetiers d’Art

Assistant Curator of the violin “Il Cannone” that belonged to Niccolò Paganini

Master’s Degree in History of Art and Enhancement of the Artistic Heritage

Expert for the Court and Chamber of Commerce of Genoa

THE ATELIER OF ALBERTO GIORDANO

Piazza dei Garibaldi 24, Genova

www.giordanoviolins.com

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