Riccardo Bergonzi

Riccardo Bergonzi was born in 1961 in Cremona, Italy. He began his work as a violin maker at the early age of 12 when he made his first instrument at the workshop of Stefano Conia. Bergonzi graduated at the top of his class and also received the Gold Medal “G. Merola” from the violin making school in Cremona in 1979. Shortly after his graduation, he began teaching in Cremona. During his 10 years as a teacher, he received many awards for his instruments. He won a gold medal as the “youngest violin maker” at the Bagnacavallo exhibition.

Bergonzi pays exceptional attention to the set up and resulting sound quality of his instruments. He also enjoys painting, sculpting, and wood and bronze working. His hobbies have complemented his work as a violin maker, causing him to be even more attentive to artistic details on his instruments.