The contest saw the assessment of 200 luthiers and bow makers from around the world 


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The 19th International Violin Making Competition was held in Cremona and Pisogne, Italy, June 2024. The competition for luthiers and bow makers was organised by the Municipality of Pisogne in collaboration with the Lombradia Region and with the National Association of Italian Artistic Violin Making (ANLAI).

Around 200 luthiers and bow makers from 31 countries participated at the event, which was chaired by Tomasz Tomatzeswsy. The international jury comprised Florian Leonhard, Gao Tongtong, Ichiro Tsutsumi, Fernando Salvatore Lima, Saulo Dantas-Barreto, Giorgio Scolari and Roberto Collini.


Cremonese-based luthier Stefano Conia won the 2024 ANLAI prize. The violin category was dominated by Italian luthiers, with Paulo Virgoletti taking first prize, Andrea Artoni taking second and Daniele Marni taking third. Plamen Edrew won the acoustics award.

The ‘antiqued’ violin category was won by Emanuele Curtoni and Gabriele Natai, while Leo Guilbert from France won second prize. Malaysian luthier Ching Seng and Chinese luthier Kin Quiwen took third prize.

In the viola category, Chinese luthiers Zhen Shab Xia and Weitong Zhang took first and second prize respectively, while German luthier Darius Dshokov took third prize.

Leo Guilbert took first prize in the ‘antiqued’ viola category, while Swiss luthier Fabien Peyruc and Bulgarian luthier Georgi Nikolov took second and third prize respectively.

Italian luthiers swept the cello category, with first prize going to Ezio Usai, second prize to Fabio Piagentini and third prize to Andrea Bononi.

Taiwanese bow maker Minseng Tai won the bow category, with Polish bow maker Magdalena Sapeta winning second prize and Andrea Proietti taking third.

Matteo Crotti won the prize for classical guitar, as well as the Gualazzini prize.

Special prizes were also awarded to luthiers of distinction. The Floirano Nofri prize went to Wong Perkien of Malaysia and Ettore Belfiore took the San Ginesio prize. The Balzarini prize went to Alessandro Fendillo, while Danile Fiorentini took the Maggi prize.



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