Vittorio Villa



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You have possibly seen some of my instruments as I have been a violin maker for twenty seven years and having made over three hundred instruments which have been sold the world over.
I am proud to say that my instruments are in great demand and have a delivery time of several months.

I make two types of violin, viola, and cellos:

- "new-looking" instruments,
(characterized by an even varnish and precise carving) based upon the Stradivarian model according to the best modern Cremonese School.



- "antique-looking" instruments,
strongly inspired to old instruments from the past like Stradivari, Guarneri or Amati.


My "new" instruments are particulary appreciated for their fine craftmanship; my "antique" violins are notably appreciated for their marked personality.
Bearing in mind that I was a professional violinist and have furthermore carried out in-depth research into the field of physical acoustics of string instruments, I pay great attention regarding the sound quality of each one of my instruments.

As a teacher at the International School of Violin-making in Cremona, I have had the opportunity to try over 500 instruments with appreciable acoustic qualities; thanks to this experience I have adopted certain methods and techniques in the constuction of my instruments that allow them to achieve the high level performance that so many musicians demand. Many Cremonese violin makers turn to me in fact for the last minute fine-tuning of their instruments.

All my instruments have a certificate of authenticity with coulor photographs and accurate description. Every violin has also a Compact Disk with many digital photos of it during the making.


One aspect that all my clients have come to appreciate is the high quality-to-price ratio of my instruments; it has always been my policy to offer a noteworthy instrument at reasonable prices. It is indeed my belief that the best recognition that one can be given is that of a satisfied customer "spreading the word".




I also make special inlaid instruments, recproductions of great antique decorated instruments made by Stradivari or Amati. Every detail of those violins are carved by hand. A mix of glue and ebony dust is put in the carved area.






Vittorio was born in Monza in 1961. He has a Conservatory Diploma in Violin playing and has performed as a violinist with important Italian orchestras. He graduated in 1992 at the International School of Violin-making in Cremona. Also teacher at the same institute, he furthermore had the opportunity to research the aspects of physical acoustics in the field of bowed instruments. It is due to this background, both as a performer and as a researcher, that Vittorio Villa's instruments are sought after by musicians for their sound quality in addition to their fine workmanship.
Vittorio was finalist in several Italian and international violin making competitions (11° Concorso Cittą di Bagnacavallo, Triennale degli strumenti ad arco A. Stradivari Cremona 1991 e 1997, Mostra Concorso Comune di Baveno 1995).
Since 1997 he decided to no longer participate in these competitions, due to the unique characteristics of his antique looking instruments that hardly suit the aesthetic rules usually adopted in such violinmaking contests.
Vittorio prefers being successful directly among musicians and it is with this that many of his instruments are played by prestigious musicians, themselves being often part of important orchestras worldwide.