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This Master give you all knowledge about the stylistic balance of the Grand Masters with the technical perfection of contemporary violin making. 

Master Program

Violin making is truly a way of life, enriched by the creative aspects of artistic and artisanal work. This is why the students of Master in Replica Violinmaking typically have such high levels of motivation and interest that draw them from all over the world.

The passion for traditional woodworking, music and Italian culture are the common interests of all the students of this master and the rich cultural heritage of the school continues to encourage an exchange of skills, knowledge, and life experiences.

Maestro Giovanni Colonna, holder of the Master's chair in Reproduction, in addition to being a luthier and a world-renowned teacher, is also one of the major traders of ancient Italian instruments, consequently in class the details of the instruments are studied live!

In addition to this, since 2014 Academia Cremonensis has financed several study projects on some of the most representative violins by Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu in collaboration with important university and cultural institutes. This laid the foundation for an Artistic Reproduction course based on a huge amount of material on the masterpieces of the past, such as photographs, UV fluorescence and tomography.

Each student of this course will learn how to create all the models that he will use for construction with CAD, bringing precision in reproduction to levels never seen before.

In addition to this, the students will participate on a monthly basis in courses with important experts in ancient violin making, which will help them to see the artistic side and the context in which each masterpiece was conceived.


The Master of Replicas was designed for all craftsmen who have decided to improve their skills on ancient instruments, as the study of original instruments covers more than half of the lessons of the entire course. The ability to grasp the true essence of the masterpieces of the past is not innate and must be cultivated, learning from professionals who have spent their whole life understanding what made each instrument unique and rare. Most of the students who approach this Master have the conviction of being able to achieve professional results by transferring on their violins all the aesthetic details they see in photos, in various books or posters, such as wear, shades of colour, woods. and models.

It is clear, however, that holding an original violin in your hands, all those details become insignificant, and you focus more on the enormous artistic value of the instrument. This very important difference must be understood by all course candidates, and every constructive choice must be made based on observation of the original instrument.



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, Fine Arts, Design, Music, Engineering, History of Art, Languages and Literature, History, Education Sciences 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

- Develop an eye that recognizes key details in historical instruments

- Know the current situation of contemporary violinmaking, participating in the course through some of the most relevant international masters.

- Experience the knowledge acquired through the realization of professional instruments and participate to competitions.

- 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.

Transversal competences:

- Ability to work with several teachers to focus on 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 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.


Whether you are interested in a career in traditional, as well as in contemporary violin making, employers in all areas appreciate our graduates for their rigorous academic training, broad perspective and well-developed practical skills in organizing, teamwork, workshop work and equipment maintenance. Our graduates have an excellent reputation for securing adequate employment and developing successful careers.

We offer each candidate a wide range of modules and teach a flexible and diverse set of skills on which they can draw on in almost any career.

A Master in Replica Violinmaking can help prepare you to be a:

  • Independent Luthier.

  • violin making teacher at professional violin making institutes in the world.

  • Maintainer of private collections and Museums.


Course details

Teachers: Giovanni Colonna







8:00 am TO 1:00 pm

2:00 pm TO 4:00 pm



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