The stylistic balance of the Grand Masters with the technical perfection of contemporary violinmaking


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TCV 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 Traditional Cremonese 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. 
The Academia organizes special projects, enrichment courses and collaborative opportunities with outside professionals for the students of Master in Traditional Cremonese Violinmaking, since the academy’s central objective is to prepare the students to develop a personal style and be independent. 
After the degree, the master course students do not require apprenticeships, having a perfect command of the complete equipment and of all the construction and varnishing phases.

Master in Traditional Cremonese Violinmaking is well suitable for students who are interested in getting to know the best violin making in the world and its past uncontested for centuries.
The perfect candidates will be called upon to combine the stylistic balance of the Grand Masters with the technical perfection 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
- 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 masters of Cremona
- 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 Traditional Cremonese 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, Nicholas Gamberini, Liu Zhao Yang 







8:00 am TO 1:00 pm

2:00 pm TO 4:00 pm




Academia Cremonensis, via Giovanni Maria Platina, 66, 26100, Cremona, Italy


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