Giovanni Francesco Pressenda Violin, 1834


Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (b.1777, d.1854) was born in Lequio Berria, near Turin (Torino), Italy. After working some time on the family farmstead he likely began his apprenticeship in Torino around 1815 in the workshop of Nicolas Lété-Pillement. After his teacher's death, Pressenda opened his own workshop, around 1821, relying on his French training in the Stradivari model. He eventually developed his own style, which formed the hallmarks of the Turin school, of which he is considered the founding father. Pressenda received awards during his lifetime and continues to be considered as one of the greatest violin makers of the nineteenth century. Pupils Giuseppe Rocca and Annibale Fagnola carried on his legacy.

Typical of Pressenda's work, this violin is made using a one-piece back of lovely flamed maple that retains the rich, red varnish he was known for. To this day, Pressenda instruments are sought-after and played by professional musicians. This model is sure to impress and enhance the playing of any discerning student or professional player.


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