a Guarneri del Gesù model violin
made by Marcello Villa

Mr. Chris Arden asked me to make a violin for him inspired to the "immense" personality
of Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe (Liegi, 1858 – Bruxelles, 1931).

I decided to take inspiration from the style of "ex Ysaÿe" 1740 Guarneri del Gesù violin.
During the making process my passion, personality and workmanship aimed to make a tribute to great Ysaÿe.

Mr. Arden has realized a great project: a prestigious book entitled "Hommage à quatre Géants", dedicated to four artists from Belgian violin school:
Charles De Bériot,
Henry Vieuxtemps,
Eugène Ysaÿe and
Arthur Grumiaux.
The book shows the photos of four violins and bows commissioned from the author Mr. Arden to four contemporary violinmakers and three bowmakers, as well as relevant biographical information.
It was a tribute of each of them to the four "Géants":
Bruno Dreux, Michael Köberling, Dario Vettori, Marcello Villa and
Emmanuel Charlier, Edwin Clément, Yannick Le Canu.

"And this book aims to be to engrave, in the collective memory, the merits of the immense violinists and the talented creators of instruments"    Chris Arden, 2016

Chris Arden book

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