Antonio Sgarbi, Rome 1900
Antonio Sgarbi (b.1866, d.1905) was born in Modena where he studied violinmaking under his father, Giuseppe. Later, he studied violin playing as well as composition at the Bellini Conservatorio in Palermo. He opened his shop in Rome in 1892. He is among the last of the independent 19th century makers of Italy. His life ended just as the "modern Italian" school was taking root. He is known for his highly personal style and modeling as well as his superb materials and varnish. His unique conception of the violin carries over to the acoustic qualities of this instrument. While difficult to describe, it possesses a sweet and mature tone that speaks with clarity. It is a truly beautiful instrument, perfect for an artist looking for an individual sound.