- Philip J. Kass
(b Fermo, Italy, Nov 30, 1781; d Fermo, Italy, Feb 3, 1862). Italian violin maker. He came from a propertied family, but his father died while he was a child, and although he showed talent in violin making from an early age, he later took religious vows. With Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, his Order was closed and he thus returned to public life and violin making. He opened his first shop in Fermo in ...