Luigi Galimberti

Luigi Galimberti was born in 1888 in Seveso, Italy. He was a wood worker at the start of his career, as was common in Seveso. In 1915 he began studying violin making with Romeo Antoniazzi. Antoniazzi introduced Galimberti to traditional cremonese techniques of violin making which inspired him for the rest of his career. Around 1928, Galimberti moved to Milan, where he worked for the Monzino company. There he began to experiment wildly with new styles of stringed instruments, including the harp-guitar.

In 1930, Galimberti established his own workshop in Milan. He continued to make a variety of stringed instruments, modelling his violins of the work of Antoniazzi and cremonese masters. During his career, Galimberti made around 350 violins, 25 violas, 200 cellos, and 30 basses. He won medals for his work at exhibitions in Rome and Florence. His instruments are on display at the “Museo del violino” in Cremona, the “Museo degli Strumenti Musicali” in Milan, and the Miner Museum in Southern California.