About Andrea

Andrea is a true professional: his research doesn’t end once his objective has been reached. Through his craft, he recreates antique methods and combines the rigorous, careful study of past Masters’ instruments with constant experimentation. His works emanate the vibrations of ages past in instruments of crystal clear resonance, perfect in their every detail.

Andrea probably applies the most attention to detail of anyone in his field. His artistry is capable of uniting the research of other master craftsmen, his personal studies, his plans and even his dreams, in a single original structure. His father taught him that every instrument has a tale to tell, which begins the moment in which the master craftsman designs it, even straying from the classical schemes of the profession. The design takes on a strength capable of rendering the crafting of the instrument an indispensable necessity, like breathing. This is the only way that a piece of wood can be brought to life, given a soul and transformed into a sensual creature. Achieving harmony between nature, the instrument and the musician is fundamental; as if the instrument itself were to become a means of recreating the archaic bond between the musician and nature.

The Master’s continual creative research has led him to the creation of two distinct projects: “Musica delle Sfere” (Music of the Spheres) and “Quattro Elementi” (Four Elements). The first is made up of a series of seven instruments, each of which is identified by both a serial number and a name. The latter correspond to the names of the solar system’s known heavenly bodies at the time in which the theory of the music of the spheres was conceived: Sole (Sun), Luna (Moon), Mercurio (Mercury), Venere (Venus), Marte (Mars), Giove (Jupiter), Saturno (Saturn). Each instrument was created based on the birth date of its future owner. This project originates with the studies of Kepler, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Nicoma and Leonardo da Vinci. These great minds believed that the distance between the heavenly bodies could be calculated through mathematical formulas based on musical harmony. The four strings corresponded to the four elements: Fire, Air, Earth and Water. This symbolism, while evident to the authors cited, has been forgotten over the centuries.

Andrea Schutdz rarely uses modern technologies. He often uses the techniques and tools of the Great Masters and creates replicas of famous instruments. The first instrument of the “Musica delle Sfere” series, a Viola called Marte (Mars), which replicates the Guarneri model, has received enthusiastic acclaim.

The “Quattro Elementi” project is a series of four instruments: a viola, violoncello and two violins. Each corresponds to one of the four elements (Fire, Air, Earth and Water) and has been designed according to extremely precise calculations. At the moment, Andrea has completed the “Violino di Fuoco” (Violin of Fire). Just a glance at this instrument allows the viewer to feel its energy and passion vibrate through the air, as well as to understand the sound that the instrument will produce. The next piece in the collection, already being crafted, is the violin which will correspond to the element of Water.

The Master says: “Oh! This violin is going to be something incredible! I’m making it using a completely original technology and it will surely be an instrument of a completely original level! The Ancient Masters’ many years of studying and analysing instruments have not been in vain”.

In Andrea Schudtz’s boutique, instruments are not made, but are born. The “Musica delle Sfere” and “Quattro Elementi” projects confirm that Andrea has taken another step forward and has achieved new sublime heights within his own artwork.




About Corvus Kwok

郭雋晅 (Corvus Kwok) 九歲開始學習小提琴。畢業於浸會大學音樂系:學士作曲、碩士指揮。畢業後一年花掉平生所有積蓄到上海音樂學院修讀提琴製作,師承院長華天礽教授。畢業後回港,在無計可施之下找到了祖母留下的街市檔位作臨時工場,卻引來傳媒的關注。工作一年,愈覺提琴製作奧妙太多,毅然把所有積蓄再次花光,遠赴美國跟隨頂尖製琴師Michael Darnton深造。郭氏曾受明報、文滙報、Hk01、PressLogic、新城電台、商業電台及香港電台多次訪問。郭氏現為專業演奏者及專業製琴師。

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About Lorenzo Rossi

Lorenzo Rossi , liutaio in Milano.Teaching the course "Construction of bowed instruments" at the Civic School of Violin Making in Milan that he graduated with distinction and member of Association of Italian Luthiers, Lorenzo Rossi launched his own shop in 2004.

In 2008 he was awarded two silver medals in the categories of violin and cello at the National Violin Making Contest of Pisogne.
He provided consultation to: "The Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology" at the opening of “Luthier’s Workshop” after renovation – donation of Bisiach family;
Paola Calvetti – a writer of the Mondadori Publishing House whose works have been translated to various languages who integrated descriptions of antique instruments in her own novels;
Bode Ltd., and D’addario Italy (responsible for stringed instruments).

He has regularly participated in trade fairs taking place in Italy and abroad "Mondomusica" in Cremona, "Musikmesse Frankfurt" in Frankfurt am Main and "Music China" in Shanghai. There were several interviews dedicated to him by The Strad, "E' lavoro" di Avvenire, Il Giornale, Radio 24, job Milano.

After getting diploma in "Bowed instruments construction", he restoration career attending the workshops held by Maestro Carlos Arcieri (New York). The participation in courses of international interest enabled him to obtain up-to-date information on new materials and techniques constantly. That also gave him an opportunity to compare different styles and methods leading him to developing a specific personal taste.

Among the most important courses are: "Silicon Mold Making for the Reproduction of Bowed Instruments" held by M° Sharon Que, "Varnishing and Antichization Techniques of Bowed Instruments" held by M° Gregg Alf, "Set-Up and Sound Adjustment" with the M° Paolo Sorgentone and Michele Mecatti (Florence), the seminars of M° Guy Rabut (New York).


About Adriano Spadoni

Adriano Spadoni was born in Moscow (Russia) on the 26 of october 1978. At the age of 9 his first approach with music happens. He attends a course of cello under the supervision of Pavlutskaja Natalija, who is now a teacher of the Trinity College of Music in London.
During the course, which lasted 7 years, he studies SOLFEGGIO, musical culture and piano.
In 1993, at the end of the studies in the middle school, he is registered to the Institute of the restorers and engravers of wooden works of Moscow, where he acquires decorative technique for works with wood and develops the predisposition for the construction of stringed instruments. He graduates with the prase in 1996.

In September 1996 he moves to Cremona, native land of the world-wide violinmaking, in order to learn the ancient art of making stringed instruments and starts to attend the prestigious school of violinmaking, the I.P.I.I.A.L. Antonio Stradivari.
In June 1999 he obtains the diploma of Violin maker MASTER, under the supervision of Master Giorgio Cè, one of the most successful violin makers in Cremona (he was the winner of the 1976 First Three-Yearly of Cremona, in the division of violins).
During the years of school his teachers were also: M. Tadioli, M. Negroni, P. Pistoni, H. Lois., A. Voltini, C. Amighetti, T. Matsushita, E. Slaviero for the restoration and the construction of strings.
In September of the same year, he starts the training activity in the workshop of Katharina Abbhul and Alessandro Krilovi, where he learns new techniques of construction and painting of stringed instruments with the strong presence of the classical traditions of the Cremona violin making, that radically change his way of looking at the violin making, and modify his way to work.

At the same time, in September 1999, he decides to enter the Faculty of Musicology of the University of Pavia, in the detached center of Cremona, where he can develop his knowledge of the history of music and lute-making and increase his theoretical musical training. 
In the next 5 years Adriano dedicates himself to University, passing with good marks most of the exams, and to his own construction of stringed instruments, especially violins. He associates and co-operates with several labs in Cremona until September 2004, when he starts working in the lab of Edgar Russ, one of the most important in Cremona.
In the workshop of Edgar Russ he largely dedicates himself on painting, assembly and adjustment of instruments, taking the most attention on this production stage.

Together with his sister Maria Spadoni, professional cellist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra of N. Ziva, and Master Edgar Russ, he dedicates a lot of time to improve the acoustic level of his instruments.
In June 2006 Adriano takes part in the 2nd edition of the Event “CREMONA-KREMLINO”, with the copy of the famous “Lord Wilton 1742” of Guarneri del Gesù.

In October 2006 he takes part in the 11th International Three-yearly Stringed Instruments Competition, in the category of violas, obtaining the 16th place on over 83 competitors. His instrument is well appreciated most for the sound level, picking up most of all the votes of the jury.
In June 2007 he takes part in the 5th Thaikovskii Competition in Moscow, in the category of violins, making an instrument on the style of “Betts 1704” of A. Stradivari. He obtains good results and takes the 2nd turn.
In September 2007 he opens his own workshop in Via Domenico Bordigallo, 13 Cremona.


About Diego

Nacido en Valladolid (España) en 1977, Diego del Valle se sintió atraído por el trabajo de la madera y las artes aplicadas desde la infancia. Con el fin de alcanzar una realización en este oficio, fue desarrollando y ampliando sus conocimientos, que partieron de su participación en varios proyectos de delineación industrial. Pero este ámbito dejó de atraerle ya que el vallisoletano podía ver su carácter efímero, continuando a la búsqueda de un futuro más significativo.

El destino cruzó su camino con el Maestro Pavel Schudtz, luthier de fama internacional, encuentro que transformó por completo la vida de Diego. Sus visitas a los talleres de luthería de este maestro en Oviedo y Madrid se hacen cada vez más frecuentes, abriéndose frente a él el fascinante mundo de la creación de los instrumentos musicales. Cuando fue consciente de que este era el ámbito al que quería dedicarse, bajo la dirección del Maestro P. Schudtz y junto con los hijos de éste, Andrea y María, comienza a aprender paso a paso las técnicas de este arte. Poseedor de una gran capacidad de trabajo, en poco tiempo Diego comienza a trabajar en esta luthería. Para profundizar en los secretos del oficio de los maestros italianos, visita Cremona (Italia), donde realiza prácticas en el taller del Maestro Andrea Schudtz.

Y en poco tiempo, junto con su esposa María Schudtz, Diego abre su propio taller en Oviedo (España). Poseyendo experiencia y un significativo bagaje de conocimientos adquiridos, poniéndolos en práctica realizando sus propios trabajos. Muestra un continuo esfuerzo por el perfeccionamiento de sus instrumentos, a los cuales dota de nuevos matices y una sonoridad brillante.

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Asimismo, se dedica con éxito a la reparación de los instrumentos de cuerda frotada y a la construcción, reconstrucción y encerdaduras de arcos. A su taller no solo acuden músicos españoles, sino también procedentes de otros países. Diego a participado en diversos concursos reconocidos como Triennale Internazionale degli Strumenti ad Arco ANTONIO STRADIVARI y Pisogne de Italia o de Mittenwald en Alemania entre otros.

Miembro desde el año 2008 del, Gremio de Luthieres y Arqueros de España (GLAE), asume el cargo de presidente entre los años 2012 al 2014 respectivamente donde participa en la primera y segunda exposición Europea de lutheria realizadas en Málaga además de otras exposiciones y eventos relacionados con su profesión que organiza dicha asociación por toda la geografía nacional. Colabora estrechamente con el taller de Andrea Schudtz en Cremona, llevando a cabo proyectos conjuntos en los que exponen muestras de su arte en algunas de las exposiciones internacionales mas importantes del mundo como Cremona Mundomusica (Italia), Frankfurt Musikmesse (Alemania), Musicora (Francia), Shangai Musikmesse, Palm Expo Music Pekin y Guangzhou Music Fair (China), y GSIMA Tokio (Japón) entre otras.

Los músicos señalan la elevada técnica y calidad en la construcción de sus instrumentos, así como el sonido potente y la increíble tímbrica de los mismos, que caracteriza la escuela tradicional cremones usando los mismos métodos de construcción de los antiguos maestros italianos. Sus instrumentos responden totalmente a las exigencias actuales, siendo sus destinatarios tanto estudiantes como músicos profesionales.

En ocasiones imparte cursos sobre fundamentos de lutheria, mantenimiento y conservación del instrumento en conservatorios y escuelas de música además de colaborar con fundaciones reconocidas como la Fundación Música Maestro de Madrid o la Fundación Princesa de Asturias de Oviedo en sus cursos de verano Sus violines violas y violoncellos son construidos utilizando maderas longevas de más de treinta años de corte lo que garantiza un buen trabajo y un sonido de calidad.