Fortepiano Workshop Restoration

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

We try to help the fortepiano to get back their voice thanks to the careful restoration of each and every part of it.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

I understood limits and potentials of the joints connected to the brain and the power of experiences that grow and mature over time. Sometimes I found myself surprised by my own hands.

 3. IF YOU HAD TO SUGGEST A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

To approach this craft with the stimulating pleasure and reward first and foremost a personal passion that has to do with the manual and the joy of music. It’s a long process and the final gratification can result in a very enjoyable concert.

THE SURVIVING STORY

It all started after my return from the United States after a period as conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Some friends introduced me to Andrea Gori, harpsichord maker and restorer of fortepiani, and began a long journey of friendship, respect and collaboration, shared dreams which unfortunately ended after a few years because he left us. But my own story was just started and has not stopped since. I had the good fortune to meet Antonella Conti and Barbara Mingazzini. Antonella came from a path of wood restoration while Barbara had worked with his father with the modern pianos but was interested in a deeper approach with historical instruments. Together we created the Restoration Laboratory of the fortepiano here in Florence.

We learned to understand the value, the limits and abilities of our hands. We also learned to know how to use them with solidarity and separately because each one of us has its own precious skills.

What held us together is the passion for the study of ancient instruments, which despite having common structural characteristics, are unique in their sound and express the ability of the ancient craftsmen to create a special sound for each instrument. Our journey began over twenty years ago and we have not finished yet.

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