Alessandro Di Matteo started out life as a professional violinist, but soon switched his attention to making. Perhaps that explains the unusual tonal refinement of this violin. I’m no big fan of contemporary making, particularly the New Cremonese school, but this violin really stands apart from that trend. It’s lightly built, individual in model, modest in appearance, and very mature and sophisticated in tone. The materials used are first class and the work is superb. The condition is excellent.
The violin is sold with the original certificate of the maker. You can find his bigraphy on Cremona Liuteria.
This violin was the principal instrument of a leading professional who has recently acquired a Bisiach from us. You can hear a live recording of the violin in this clip (first violin).
The sound is clear and limpid with tremendous personality. It’s muscular and confident but without the slightest stiffness – in every part of the range it retains its unique character of clarity mixed with a seductive shimmer. It has great projection and a pronounced malleability of tone which is an essential component of any great violin. I would give this instrument my highest recommendation.
Length of back 35.3cm, stop 130/195mm, total length 58.3cm
Certificate : Alessandro Di Matteo, Cremona 2009
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