THE LORENZO FRIGNANI COLLECTION
The story of this collection begins by chance in 1976, when, still a student, I bought my first instrument in an antiques market. Since then my interest in violin making has developed and soon took on a professional turn which led me, over the course of about 35 years, to collect and find a significant number of historical guitars mainly of the Italian school.
The heart of the collection focuses on the guitars of the early 1800s, the period of maevolution and splendor of the guitar.
By virtue of a passion that has never had profit but rather uin principleof responsibility towards the conservation and maintenance of what today can be considered a cultural heritage to be protected, also by virtue of my skills acquired in the profession of luthier and restorer, the collection has gradually structured itself.
Today the collection boasts an important number of plucked instruments with unique specimens in the world, and has long since become one of the cultural references for all enthusiasts, both from the point of view of users(musicians)than for luthiers and restorers.
THE INSTRUMENTS PRESENTED ARE NOT FOR SALE AT THE MOMENT.
THE ANGELO GILARDINO COLLECTION
THE "ANGELO GILARDINO" COLLECTION
The collection of guitars presented here is the result of a selection made over the years by M° Angelo Gilardino
These are guitars by authors of the Italian school of the 1900s that the Maestro supported with great enthusiasm for their technical and acoustic qualities.
Angelo has written extensively on the guitar and on the builders of the Italian school and has always been a curious and attentive observer and a profound connoisseur of the historical plots that have characterized them in the panorama of the international development of composers and performers.
The in-depth study in book: is particularly interesting"The Singing Wood"and. Curci, by Angelo Gilardino and Mario Grimaldi.
In this collection are represented four figures of emblematic Italian makers, Mozzani, Gallinotti, Bellafontana, the De Bonis brothers, worthy of being placed next to those of the great Iberian luthiers whose prestige is deservedly alive all over the world: the same goes for the great Italians who built magnificent guitars in times when the adjective "Spanish" was inextricably linked to the noun "guitar" in a sort of symbiosis very similar to the cliché.
Shortly before his death he asked me to adopt this collection, which I did in suffrage of our mutual friendship and esteem.
And that's it.
LIST OF TOOLS FROM ANGELO GILARDINO'S COLLECTION:
MOZZANI LUIGI . 1936
BELLAFONTANA LORENZO . 1952
DE BONIS NICOLA . 1976
STONE GALLINOTTI. 1939
STONE GALLINOTTI. 1942
STONE GALLINOTTI. 1954
STONE GALLINOTTI. 1966