Giuseppe Pedrazzini 1932 Italian Violin
Pedrazzini was born Pizzighettone, a village outside Cremona, Italy, in 1879. After training with Riccardo and Romeo Antoniazzi, he set up his own shop in Milan in 1906. In spite of Milan's very competitive market at the time, including the Antoniazzis and Leandro Bisiach, he was able to remain independent and was even named luthier to the Conservatorio and Opera House in Milan. He freely interpreted the Cremonese masters Amati, Guarneri, and Stardivarius, while also incorporating elements of the Milanese school in his violins. The result is distinctive and beautiful instruments that are highly versatile in tone. Regarded as one of the finest makers of the twentieth century Italian school, he won medals and prizes at several competitions, most notably in Rome in 1920 and Cremona in 1937.