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Francesco Bissolotti cremonese

13 September 2019 - 27 October 2019


Francesco Bissolotti

Museo del Violino 13 settembre – 27 ottobre 2019

Sala 7
Mostra di strumenti del Maestro Francesco Bissolotti
ingresso con il biglietto del Museo

venerdì 13 settembre, ore 16,30 – Sala Fiorini
Francesco Bissolotti cremonese
con Vinicio Bissolotti, liutaio
Fausto Cacciatori, conservatore delle Collezioni del Museo del Violino
Roberto Codazzi, giornalista
ingresso libero

domenica 27 ottobre, ore 12 – Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi
Audizione speciale con strumenti del Maestro Francesco Bissolotti
Lena Yokoyama, violino
ingresso Euro 7


Francesco Bissolotti was born in Soresina, in the province of Cremona, in 1929. His cultural and professional education is particularly interesting as he initially worked as a wood carver and engraver and he learned the art of violin making only at a later age. He also devoted himself to violin studies.

In 1957 he enrolled in the Violin Making School of Cremona which he attended for four years. In 1961 he graduated under the guidance of Pietro Sgarabotto. In the same period, the Milanese violin makers Ornati and Garimberti alternated in teaching a restoration course at the Violin Making School. Bissolotti passionately followed their classes.

His professional training was also significantly marked by the collaboration with Simone Ferdinando Sacconi. Their joint work included the reorganization of the Museo Stradivariano, at the time named Museo di Organologia and housed at the second floor in Palazzo dell’Arte, the current seat of the Museo del Violino. From 1965 to 1970 Bissolotti served as its musical instrument curator.

In addition to making violins and researching, he was a teacher at the Violin Making School of Cremona, in the carving workshop from 1965 and in the violin making workshop from 1970 to 1983.

He made a wide range of instruments, either bowed or plucked. Many soloist and fine musicians have performed or still perform on his instruments: Salvatore Accardo, Simonide Braconi, Ivan Vukcevic, Dov Scheindlin, Diego Pagin and many others from all over the world.

His work has been a source of inspiration for entire generations of makers and has provided a fundamental contribution to the renaissance of Cremonese and Italian violin making in the second half of the 20th century.


13 September 2019
27 October 2019


Museo del Violino
piazza Marconi 5
Cremona, Italia
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