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Able to understand, analyse and interpret the models of the Grand Masters of the past, and at the same time gives advanced skills to understand the complexity of the instrumets of our time 


CSV Position

CSV Master Program


The master’s program in Comparative Studies in Violin Making is a multidisciplinary program that aims to emphasize the relationships between art, the sciences and between various cultures and discourses both from a contemporary and historical point of view.

Students will not have to choose a field of study and will develop an interdisciplinary point of view among the three possible specializations: innovation, tradition and business.

The program provides students with the tools to be able to understand, analyse and interpret the models of the Grand Masters of the past, and at the same time gives advanced skills to understand the complexity of the instruments of our time. The course has been designed to guide the student towards a wide range of theoretical and practical knowledge which, in addition to integrating their previous academic training, has various possible applications in the field of cultural management and production.



Candidates should be intellectually curious, academically rigorous and able to establish relationships between the various fields of knowledge. From an intellectually open point of view, they must be willing to apply their learning skills in all fields covered by the program in order to study in depth the interrelationships and processes responsible for the fertile complexity of contemporary violin making.



Mandatory documents:
- Official undergraduate degree/diploma in violinmaking, engineering or architecture, technical engineering and technical architecture or, for foreign qualifications, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). Qualifications can be in the following academic areas: Violinmaking, Design, Music, Engineering, History of Art, Languages and Literature, History, Education Sciences, Fine Arts and Architecture
- Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin
- Curriculum Vitae in English or Italian
- A study proposal in English or Italian (600 to 800 words)
- Language skills declaration
- Identity Card or Passport

Optional documents:

- A letter of recommendation
- Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master’s programme
- Research experience
- Teaching experience
- Additional academic training in areas related to the master’s programme
- Additional professional experience


In addition, the Departments’ selection committee may decide to interview the candidate


- Enhance all the phases of the violinmaking process by:
                           - The application of traditional techniques
                           - Players-centered design solutions
                           - Creation of a personal method
- Know the current situation of contemporary violinmaking, participating in the course through some of the most relevant masters of Cremona
- Experience the knowledge acquired through the realization of professional instruments and participate to competitions
- Provide solid knowledge about the latest technologies in the industry and the different materials that the market offers, in order to develop the product in the most simple and effective way
- Learn about the technological properties of the wood and the production costs of an instrument to take the best decisions in the course of its development
- Study and evaluate the concrete decisions that are made on a product development project through the exposure and discussion of real projects made by the Greatest Masters
- Learn how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) that allows you to represent, visualize and simulate the proportions and harmony of a tool to ensure the feasibility and correct functioning of the final product



Transversal competences:
- Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams to manage different aspects of violinmaking
- Ability to identify various methods and styles
Specific competences:
- Ability to create an instrument with a personal style, from the conceptual phase to the technical development
- Ability to evaluate the functional, aesthetic, cultural, economic and communicative implications of one’s style to be developed
- Ability to apply the creative techniques of reference, as well as the most effective management and expression resources
- Ability to apply the knowledge acquired from the selection of materials, from the transformation and simulation processes, to the project of redesign or optimization of a product
- Ability to use the instruments built at school as a validation tool for personal projects
- Ability to apply CAD / CAM tools, to generate any geometry, quality images of all the elements of one’s personal instrument

Considering that many students are extremely specialized in their training, many possibilities are opening up for new graduates who have chosen a wider field of knowledge. 

A Master of Comparative Studies in Violinmaking can help prepare you to be a:
•    Independent Luthier
•    Instrument and bow technician for set-up of student instruments and rentals and bow rehair
•    Maintainer of private collections and Museums
•    violin making teacher at professional violin making institutes in the world



Course details

Teachers: Giovanni Colonna & Nicholas Gamberini






MONDAY TO SATURDAY 10:00 am TO 1:00 pm

2:00 pm TO 6:00 pm



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