Liuteria Cremona

Elisabetta Giordano

Elisabetta Giordano, violin maker, specialised in restoration and fine tuning of instruments in Cremona,  receives daily, only by appointment.



Master violin maker Elisabetta Giordano was born in Cremona, Italy in 1971.

After finishing her primary studies, Elisabetta Giordano's interest in the fine arts, particularly drawing, painting and sculpture, along with her passion for wood, led her to enroll in the International School of Violin Making "Antonio Stradivarius" in Cremona, where she graduated in 1991.

In 1989-90, Elisabetta Giordano attended a course on classical guitar construction. The course was organised by the governing body of the Lombardy region. Here she pursued and advanced in her studies on construction and restoration.



Today, Elisabetta Giordano has her own workshop at number 23 in Corso Pietro Vacchelli, just a quick walk from Cremona's cathedral. Here she dedicates to the construction, restoration, repair and setup of bowed instruments.

Her sensitivity, engagement in the construction process, her musical knowledge as well as her friendship with many professional musicians have led to the direct collaboration with the members of several European orchestras.

Among others:

  • "La Scala" of Milan, Italy
  • "I Pomeriggi Musicali", Milan, Italy
  • "Arturo Toscanini", Parma, Italy
  • "Teatro Regio", Parma, Italy
  • "Cagliari Symphony", Cagliari, Italy
  • "RAI", Torino, Italy
  • "Valle D'Aosta Orchestra", Italy
  • "Filarmonica Italiana", Piacenza, Italy
  • "Engelberg", Switzerland
  • "Peniscola", Spain
  • "Notte Sinfonica Veneziana", Italy
  • "Notte Barocca Veneziana", Italy
  • "Notte Veneziana", Italy
  • "Interpreti Veneziani", Italy

Giordano's instruments have not only been acquired by musicians from various European countries (Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain) but also by clients from the USA, Japan, China and Taiwan.

She took part at exhibitions both in Italy and abroad, where she has always received favorable reviews.

She favours models by Antonio Stradivarius, Nicola Amati, Antonio and Girolamo Amati, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and Carlo Bergonzi. She is also inspired by models from famous makers of the 20th century such as Ansaldo Poggi, Marino Capicchioni and Ferdinando Garimberti.

After my graduation and my apprenticeship at my teacher’s workshop, I began to work alone. It was then that I became aware that I was at square one as an independent maker. Therefore I decided to deepen my knowledge, and dedicated myself to the study of acoustics.

During those years I made violins, violas, and cellos, following the models of the original Cremonese School and of the Italian masters of the early 20th century. I paid special attention to the acoustic characteristics of the instruments and took into consideration the arching, the thickness and the positioning of the bassbar, all fundamental aspects for the production of a good sound.
I have also listened to musicians’ suggestions, requests and needs. I noticed the difficulties they encountered at times while performing a particular passage as well as heeded their individual desires. These experiences have provided me with an enormous stimulus and have always helped me improve my work.

To me, the most important thing is to give life and voice to these instruments, as this is their primary function.

Today, I can proudly say that the days of uncertainty are behind me. Now, I know for sure and without any false pretense how to make an instrument play. I understand that it is important to make beautiful instruments by trying to respect as much as possible the creative process and harmony of the great Cremonese makers of the 17th century.
— Elisabetta Giordano