Violin Maker, Fiddle Maker, Luthier, Geigenbauer, Geigenmaker....
The Italian word for Luthier is Liutaio.
Golden Music Center hosted a lecture by Liutaio Matteo Heyliger “The Cremonese Violinmaking between Tradition and Modern Style” at the store at 7 pm on Tuesday, January 24th 2012 in conjunction with an exhibit of dozens of Italian violins in the store on Tues-Wed Jan 24th- 25th, and Sun-Mon Jan 29th-30th 2012; the Exhibit also was at the Golden Music Center booth in Colorado Springs at the Colorado Music Educators meeting on January 26th, 27th and 28th 2012.
Why are Italian Violins so revered?
This luthier and violins were from the "Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona." This organization was founded in 1996 for the purpose of promoting Cremonese violin making, which upholds an ancient artisan tradition. Much as food at its best in Italy, so it is true with instrument making. It takes generations to build up the traditions that can lead to a quality that consistently rivals the best in craft and artisanship.
Violinmakers from Italy are considered by some to be the best in the world.
Golden Music also had Italian Luitaio Carlos Roberts working with their luthier staff from January 10-February 21, 2012. Free set-ups were performed by Mr. Roberts at the store during his stay.