Stringed Instruments
Michele Mecatti was born in Naples of Florentine parents on 7 January 1964. He started to become interested in violin-making at the age of 16. In 1982, after obtaining his General Certificate of Education, he enrolled at the International School of Violin-Making in Cremona together with his brother Federico.

In 1986, he awarded a diploma under the guidance of Vincenzo Bissolotti. He moved to France in 1988 to improve his knowledge of restoration, working in Rue de Rome in Paris with Pierre Barthel and Bernard Sabatier until 1990.

In France, he took a great interest in bows, and in 1990, still in Paris, he completed an apprenticeship in the maintenance and restoration of bows at Jean Grundberger’s workshop. He remained in Paris until 1997, first working on his own between 1991 and 1994 and then in partnership with Antoine Laulhere and Giovanna Chittò until 1997, opening a shop at Gennevilliers in the Parisian suburbs.

During 1997, he worked for the Musée de la Musique in Paris, carrying out several pieces of restoration work.

In 1998, he moved to Florence, thus returning to his family’s place of origin. In the same year, he opened a workshop in partnership with Paolo Sorgentone.

In 2002 and 2003, he taught violin-making as a contribution to the international courses in musical specialization organized in Lucca by the Scuola di Musica Sinfonia.

In addition to making new instruments and copies, he is involved in restoration, the maintenance of bows and business activities. His inspiration is taken from various violin-makers of the past, in particular Nicola Gagliano, Pietro Guarneri di Mantova and the brothers A. and G. Amati.

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