Corso San Gottardo, 14

Milano, ITALY



Alvaro Corrochano, Milano

Anne-Dominique Cardinet

Born  in Paris in 1955, Anne-Dominique Cardinet  soon settled in her adoptive country, Switzerland. Equally drawn to the Fine Arts and music, her studies first ventured  through psychology and music therapy before returning to her first passion -  piano - which she taught for some time  while raising a family.

However, her long standing fascination with the violin led her to begin an in-depth  study of the instrument, from which sprung dreams of becoming a violin maker. The turning point came when she met Philippe Girardin in 1990 and convinced him to take her on as an apprentice. Since then, she continues to pursue in the workshop her quest for harmony, and joins the association in 2007.

Sylvain Rusticoni

Born in Geneva in 1976, Sylvain Rusticoni began studying classical guitar at the age of eight, and early on developed a passion for woodworking, string instruments and their tone from his father’s workshop.  After completing his studies in engineering in 1996, Sylvain spent three years in the Violinmaking School of Quebec, where he earned his diploma in 2001. He perfected his craft in the workshop of Philippe Girardin,  and became an associate in 2007. Concurrently, he opened his own workshop in 2004, specializing in cello making.

                  Philippe Girardin

Philippe Girardin, had obtained his diploma as a master in violin making at the International School of violin making of Cremona in 1981. Violinist himself, he has learned to “listen differently” to refine his professional hearing in order to be able to distinguish and decode the varied and diverse frequencies within sound, to determine  the roots of the different tone qualities of an instrument: roundness, warmth, brilliance, depth, sound range…

Launching of an experimental process aiming to analyse the long term flexibility and weight of materials used in the workshop. The main idea of this project consists in measuring objectively, and for some decades, the evolution of the weight and resistance of our woods, resins, oils and varnishes (see “Varnish”).

After a series of methodical investigations into instruments from Nicolo Amati (Stradivari’s master), F. Ruggieri, A.Stradivari, G. Guarneri del Gesù, F. Gagliano, etc, Philippe Girardin has modified his approach of construction and adjustment, drawing from the riches of a vast knowledge.

In 2008 Girardin obtains a silver medal for violin workmanship,  and Certificate of Merit for viola tone, at the  VSA (Violin Society of America) Violin Competition and in 2010 a Gold medal for violin at the International Violin Competition in Pisogne (Italy). Prize for the best violin ton and two special prize. One for workmanship and ton and other one for the varnish.

2011, grand-opening of the Girardin-Cardinet-Rusticoni-Corrochano workshop in Milan.

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