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Giancarlo Arcieri Violins History


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Giancarlo and Carlos Arcieri in the Arcieri Violins Workshop


    Giancarlo Arcieri was born in New York City on the 25th of April, 1977. His love for music was immediately recognized, and at the age of two he began to play the violin.  Soon after, a passion for the visual arts emerged as well, in the form of sculpture. By age 12, after his guitar lessons, he would sit at his fathers bench and begin to carve. Being the son of Carlos Arcieri, student of Simone Fernando Sacconi, Giancarlo was surrounded by some of the foremost masters of the trade.  Such greats as William Salchow and Rene Morell, among many others, were considered as family. With these phenomenal influences throughout his childhood, the future was obvious. 

    In 1995, Giancarlo began his career as a luthier. Alongside his father, he learned the art of restoration in the Sacconi and Wurlitzer tradition. Meanwhile, under the tutelage of Ron Fletcher, a close friend and student of his father, he constructed his first violins. In the following years, Giancarlo refined his skills as well as developed a personal varnish that would be easily recognized. 

    As a result of his early exposure to the trade, a certain perspective was also realized. To be a truly Italian luthier, Giancarlo would need to follow in the original Italian tradition. Upon leaving the Maestro's shop, the student is responsible for developing their own individual model of instruments. A very good example of this can be seen by the stylistic changes made from the Amati, to the Stradivari, then to the Bergonzi families. Although this practice is not popular by today's standards, there are still many fine violin makers from Italy and the rest of the world who only utilize their personal models. 

    The instruments made by Giancarlo Arcieri have spread globally.  They can currently be found in the hands of musicians including New York City professionals Urara Mogi, Patmore Lewis of the Metropolitan Opera, and Erico Sato from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His violins can also be heard in orchestras from Venezuela to Montenegro, as well as with advanced students from New Jersey to Japan. 

    The primary mission of Giancarlo Arcieri Violins is the construction of the utmost quality product in every way possible. Not only are sound, playability, and beauty of great importance, but durability and longevity as well. The joy of bringing a violin into the world is wonderful, but the idea of musicians performing concertos with it for the next three hundred years is grand. 




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