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Our Guest speakers
Colin Gough is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham, England, where he headed the UK’s largest interdisciplinary research group on superconductivity.
An avid amateur violinist, Gough led the University’s Hayward String Quartet and many other local chamber and orchestral groups. He has enjoyed a long-term interest in violin acoustics, and in the factors determining sound quality.
In addition to teaching Musical Acoustics, he has published major research articles on vibrating strings, the wolf note, and vibrato, from both the scientific and player/listener’s points of view. In 2001, Gough received the annual Science Writing Award for Professionals in Acoustics for an article about violin acoustics. He wrote the Acoustics section of a major Handbook on Acoustics published by Springer, and has recently published several important papers describing and explaining the vibrations and sounds of the violin and related instruments.
“Acoustics for Makers”
Colin was unable to speak at LUTHERIE 2018 due to a family illness. We are delighted to welcome him at LUTHERIE 2019
“Alchemist, Artist, Carpenter, Philosopher: The Luthier in the larger context of history and ideas.”
Robert Brewer Young was traditionally trained as a luthier by Brice Dupin de St-Cyr in the artist's studios of Carnegie Hall in the early 1990s.
Having worked on scores of instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and other classical Italian masters, he is now devoted exclusively to making cellos, violas and violins inspired by these Cremonese visionaries.
Robert’s clientele includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kirov Opera, members of The New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, The Berlin Philharmonic, Harvard University, the Opera National de Paris, the Stockholm Philharmonic and many notable soloists.
Before focusing on violinmaking, Robert studied Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently completing doctoral work in mathematics and logic and is on the faculty of the European Graduate School in Switzerland as a lecturer in philosophy.
“The development of Stradivari’s moulds.”
Together with Elisa Scrollavezza Andrea dedicates himself to the making of string instruments, restoration, historical research and cultural activities. Both benefited from the teaching of Renato Scrollavezza, Elisa’s father, an internationally renowned luthier and Director of the Parma School of Violin Making. They subsequently attended advanced classes in the U.S. in the fields of restoration, acoustics and construction of replicas of classical instruments.
The making of new instruments following the tradition of Emilia-Romagna remains their principal activity and over the years is gaining increasing consent, also thanks to awards obtained in national competitions, with the result that Scrollavezza & Zanrè instruments are today highly esteemed by musicians and collectors in many parts of the world.
In addition, Elisa and Andrea teach at the Renato Scrollavezza School of Violin Making and cover directive roles in the Liuteria Parmense association.
Their studio promoted the great exhibition held in the Parma National Gallery on occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, and subsequently published an important monograph dedicated to this maker.
The Scrollavezza- Zanre workshop collaborates with the specialized publications Archi Magazine and Strad Magazine; Andrea and Elisa have also held presentations and conferences regarding their research activities in the seats of prestigious organizations including the Museo del Violino in Cremona.