Marco Osio is an internationally renowned violin maker, born on 22 December 1976 in Manerbio, Italy. He began his training at the International Violinmaking School in Cremona in 1990, graduating in 1994 under the guidance of master Giorgio Scolari. During his training, he had the opportunity to work with master GioBatta Morassi and his son Simeone, who taught him the techniques and style of contemporary Cremonese violinmaking.
Marco makes violins, violas and cellos inspired by classical Cremonese and Italian models. His varnishes, based on alcohol and orange-brown oil with a golden yellow undertone, are the result of personal research.
He opened his own atelier in Cremona in 2000.
Over the years, Marco has taken part in many violinmaking competitions at international level, obtaining various prizes and awards, including, first prize with a violin and second prize with a viola at the national competition in Baveno in 2001, four times Mention of Honour at the Triennaledi Cremona competition (2003, 2006, 2012, 2021), special prize for the best violin maker under 30 at the Metelka competition in the Czech Republic, second place and special prize for the best work with a viola at the 2007 Moscow Tchaikowsky competition, second prize at the 2009 European Eufonia competition with a viola, first prize and special prize for the best work with a violin at the Arvenzis Violin Competition in Slovakia and first prize with a viola at the 2017 Malta International Competition.
In 2012-13 and 2014-15, he was a lecturer, together with Maestro Luca Primon, in construction and acoustic tuning of string instruments in the master’s course held in Cremona. In 2013 and 2018, he was a member of the jury of the international ‘Violin Arvenzis’ competition in Slovakia.
He is currently a member of the Associazione Liutaria Italiana.
His instruments are played all over the world, especially in China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.
Model: Giuseppe Ornati 1929 (customised)
Year of manufacture: 2011
Body lenght: 355,5 mm
Upper width: 169 mm
Width cc: 114.5 mm
Lower width: 210 mm
diapason: 195 mm
Wood: Back (in one piece), sides and head in Balkan maple with medium-narrow irregular marbling. Top in Italian spruce with medium-wide grain.
Orange-red alcohol varnish with a golden yellow undertone.
Notes: the violin has been played by a professional musician until 2021
2021 | Honourable mention at Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria “Antonio Stradivari” di Cremona
2017 | First Prize with a viola at the Malta International Competition (viola)
2017 | First Prize and Special Prize for the best work at the “Violino Arvenzis” competition in Slovakia (violin)
2012 | Honourable mention at Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria “Antonio Stradivari” di Cremona
2009 | Second prize at the Eufonia European Competition (viola)
2007 | Second place and special prize for best work at the Moscow Tchaikowsky Competition (viola)
2007 | Special prize for best luthier under 30 at the Metelka Competition in the Czech Republic
2006 | Honourable mention at Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria “Antonio Stradivari” di Cremona
2003 | Honourable mention at Concorso Triennale Internazionale di Liuteria “Antonio Stradivari” di Cremona
2001 | First prize (violin) and second prize (viola) at the Baveno National Competition
MARCO OSIO’S ATELIER
via Bardellona 9, Cremona (Italy)
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