Morassi Gio Batta

  • Cedarchis di Arta Terme (UD), July 2, 1934 – Cremona, February 27, 2018
  • Since 1951, thanks to a scholarship from the Chamber of Commerce of Udine, he attended the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremona, a pupil of Maestro Peter Tatar, graduating in 1955. He then attended the workshops of Giuseppe Ornati and Ferdinando Garimberti, after which, in 1958, he became a laboratory teacher at the International School in Cremona, where he trained a group of students. Winner in several national and international violin-making competitions, obtaining up to ten gold medals and countless diplomas of honor and certificates, he has also worked on the restoration of ancient instruments. After teaching in 1983, he dedicated himself completely to his Cremona workshop in via dei Lanaioli, which he had opened in 1976, and, after studying wood for the manufacture and maintenance of the instruments, promoted the cultivation of resonance spruce in the Tarvisio forest. The L.A.C. shop (Liuteria Artistica Cremonese), open near his laboratory - thanks to his generous willingness to give advice to everyone on the "secrets" of the trade - has become the reference point of professional and amateur violin makers from all over Italy for the supply of tools , wood, accessories and what is necessary for the construction of violin making instruments. Already a member of ANLAI, in 1980 Morassi was one of the founders and later the major animator of the A.L.I. (Italian Liutary Association) and the events and exhibitions organized by the latter, as well as the Cooperativa Editoriale Liutaria, remaining a member and animator of the editorial staff of the magazine "Liuteria" (later: Liuteria - Musica - Cultura). Member of the 'Entante International des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art', he has been a member of numerous juries of national and international violin making competitions (Cremona - Poznan - Sofia - Budapest - Prague - Baveno - Friburg - Moscow - Mittenwald - Ludvika), and he was also invited to represent Italian violinmaking with conferences and demonstrations abroad in Japan, USA, Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, Mexico, Cuba, Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Austria, South Korea. He worked as an expert for the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. Morassi has undoubtedly been one of the protagonists of the renaissance of contemporary professional violin making in Cremona. On June 8, 2015 the University of Udine, on the proposal of the Department of History and Protection of Cultural Heritage and the support of the departments of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Human Sciences. he had conferred the 'honoris causa' degree in 'Disciplines of Music, Entertainment and Cinema'; occasion in which Morassi had held a lectio magistralis on: "The luthier know-how: from the knowledge of wood to the tradition of the musical instrument". His professional activity continues with his son Simeone and the nephews Giovanni Battista and Giulio.
  • SCUOLA CREMONESE / Gio Batta Morassi / Utinensis fecit / Cremonae anno
  • Nicolini 1982 (II); Nicolini 1998; Codazzi 2000; Colombo 2005; Cito-Paolo 2014

creato:mercoledì 28 febbraio 2018
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