Born in Sondrio on February 5th, 1970 in a family of musicians, he began studying the violin at the age of eight. Immediately after graduating from middle school, charmed by the construction of the violin, he enrolled at the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona: he attended the four-year course under the guidance of masters Negroni, Amighetti and Conia, graduating in 1988 with honors. In the same year he entered the workshop of Maestro Nolli in Cremona where he deepened and perfected his skills.
At the beginning of 1992 he opened his own workshop in the center of Cremona, located in Via Bella Rocca 14, next to the Museo del Violino.
He has participated for several years with personal stands at the most important trade fairs: MusikMesse Frankfurt, Mondomusica Cremona, Music China Shanghai, Stringed instruments fair Tokyo, Namm show in Los Angeles.
He curates the collection of musical instruments (including a Stradivari cello) of the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where every year he holds an open workshop during the summer courses.
Since 2010 he has held the position of president of the luthiers’ group of Confartigianato imprese – of which he is also the provincial vice-president – , a group that counts over 80 registered master craftsmen. The appointment was recently renewed unanimously.
A former board member of the Consortium of Violinmakers A. Stradivari of Cremona, he is a member of the scientific committee of the Museo del Violino, of the scientific committee of the School of Lutherie and of the Steering Committee of the Cremona Mondomusica event, as well as a member of the Management Committee of Cremona Musica representing CremonaFiere spa.
Maestro Trabucchi represented Cremonese violin making at the Unesco in Paris in 2013 on the occasion of the proclamation of Cremona Liutaia as intangible heritage of Unesco.
His instruments are recognized and appreciated all over the world, from where continuous requests and orders arrive.
He made a violin decorated in gold leaf for the King of Thailand Rama IX in 2015.
In 2018, he also built the multi-cited, in all major online and newspaper publications, “Blue Violin” again for the Thai royal family, who then donated it to the Princess Vadhana Galyana Royal Institute of Music in Bangkok. Always in Thailand he is conservator and luthier of trust of the symphonic orchestras of the three royal arms.
He is specialized in the construction of instruments with special and precious gold decorations and with the grafting of real jewels.
Every instrument that comes out of the skilful hands of Master Luthier Stefano Trabucchi is the result of art, study, high manual ability and a lot of passion.
His violins, violas and cellos are made entirely by hand following the knowledge and techniques of the ancient luthiers of Cremona. The choice of the wood is fundamental for the beginning of an excellent instrument; wood that is seasoned for more than 10 years: there begins the life of every instrument until the varnishing and the sound tuning.
The instrument has a case size of 41 cm.
The back, sides and head are made of Bosnian maple with narrow, regular and deep marbling.
The top is spruce from Val di Fiemme, with medium-wide and regular grain.
The varnish is orange-brown alcohol-based.
The frame is boxwood.
Both woods have been seasoned in M° Trabucchi’s warehouse for more than 10 years in order to obtain the best acoustic result of the instrument.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
1994 | he is ranked 1st in the viola section obtaining an honorable mention in the 7th Triennial of Cremona
1993 | he wins the 2nd prize at the “Concorso Giovani Liutai” in Bagnacavallo presenting a viola d’amore
1992 | he wins the 2nd prize at the “Concorso Giovani Liutai” in Bagnacavallo presenting a viola d’amore
1989 | he wins at the II° competition of violin making in Baveno the Berta prize, as the youngest violin maker entered in the final
1992 he wins the 2nd prize at the “Concorso Giovani Liutai” in Bagnacavallo presenting a viola d’amore.
The Cremonese craftsman has been contacted to make a special instrument for the Bangkok music institute founded by Princess Galyani Vadhana. Two months of work and a natural varnish [...] The tribute was so much appreciated that it was displayed as part of a major exhibition dedicated to the king in the Thai capital, and it won Trabucchi this new prestigious commission. The craftsman declares himself very satisfied with the result: "I personally went to deliver it last November and then returned to Thailand a few days ago, when the blue violin was played during the graduation ceremony for the students of the institute, at which Princess Sirindhorn was also present. The sound is beautiful and that is the most important thing, beyond aesthetic considerations".
STEFANO TRABUCCHI’S ATELIER
via Bella Rocca 14, Cremona
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