Vittorio Villa was born in Monza, Italy in 1961. He studied violin performance at Bergamo’s Conservatorio G. Donizetti and performed as a violinist for several major Italian orchestras, including the Verona Arena Orchestra and the Anglicum Orchestra of Milan. Villa then received his lutier’s diploma from Istituto Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremona. Later, Villa returned to the Istituto Internazionale to teach. As a professor he was able to research aspects of physical acoustics in the field of bowed instruments. His background in both performance and research has contributed to the high quality of his work in violin making. Villa’s instruments are sought after for their quality of sound and workmanship.
Vittorio Vila now works with his brother, Marcello, in their workshop in Cremona. Villa has modeled his instruments after modern techniques and aesthetics as well as antique styles. Often, he uses models of Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati instruments. His personal knowledge of performance has complemented his ability to craft instruments with the tonal capabilities that many well known musicians demand.