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date: 19 November 2019


  • Charles Beare
  • , revised by Philip J. Kass
  •  and Duane Rosengard


Italian family of string instrument makers. They were active from about 1739 until the middle of the 20th century. Lorenzo Guadagnini (b Cerignale, Piacenza, 22 Dec 1685; d Piacenza, 15 June 1746) changed his surname from ‘Guagnini’ between 1710 and 1716. His first 50 years were spent moving from village to village in the Val Tidone region, to the south-west of Piacenza. He moved to Piacenza in 1739, after his son Giovanni Battista had moved there, but by 1741 was living elsewhere. Lorenzo is again documented in Piacenza in 1743 and 1746. There is no evidence that Lorenzo ever went to Cremona or worked for Stradivari, notwithstanding a very small number of labels on which he described himself as ‘alumnus Antonii Stradivarii’, nor is there anything about his violins to link them to Stradivari in details of workmanship. Furthermore, if he did make violins on his own, it was only for a very few years, during his sporadic residences at Piacenza in ...

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