- Philip J. Kass
Italian violin makers, two brothers active in Milan during the early 18th century. They were close neighbours and associates of the Grancino family in the contrada Larga and were part of the larger community of musical instrument makers then resident in that street. The older brother, Antonio Maria Lavazza (b Milan, 1683; d Milan, 26 Oct 1708) made a small number of instruments before his tragic death: a dispute with the son of Giovanni Grancino resulted in Lavazza’s murder by the son. While this almost brought an end to the Lavazza family’s craft, the greater ramification was the collapse of the Grancino family fortunes: their property was confiscated, and Giovanni Sr died the following year. Stylistically, Antonio Maria’s known works appear to have a closer affinity to those of another local violin maker, Andrea Compostano (1662–1711).
Antonio’s younger brother, Carlo Antonio Santino, known as Santino (...