Luigi Mozzani: Renaissance Man

Poss lead 2 - Luigi Mozzani 1916 portrait

As a luthier, musician, composer, teacher and successful businessman, Luigi Mozzani spread his talents far and wide. Lorenzo Frignani examines his eventful career, which produced all kinds of instruments

Luigi Mozzani (1869–1943) is one of the most intriguing characters in the world of Italian music and violin making in the early 20th century. Many sources describe him as a ‘luthier’, but in reality he was more of a brilliant entrepreneur and businessman rather than a hard-working craftsman at the bench. His atelier became a magnet for several talented luthiers, while he himself spent his time promoting Italian music within the cultural milieu of the time. An excellent composer and guitarist himself, he oversaw the production of both plucked and bowed stringed instruments, and the history books record his prowess in all three disciplines: playing, making and composition…

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