Biography

I have always been a curious person and a lover of handmade objects. I also never liked things that do not work properly.

Since I was a kid, this characteristic of my personality pushed me to disassemble things and put them together again to make them work better. Once grown up, this triggered the spark that brought me to lutherie. 

My career as luthier is very peculiar: after my degree in Materials Engineering, I got my PhD at Politecnico di Milano with a thesis about functional materials for optical applications. I have then been a post-doc researcher for three years at the CNR-Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology in Padua where I dealt with materials for adaptive optics.

During academia, the scientific aspect became a fundamental part of my luthier career with the aim of making instruments that really worked as they were expected to.

In 2019, after more than 10 year of amateur lutherie and after making several instruments, I finally decided to undertake the professional career, starting a collaboration with Federico Gabrielli, a luthier specialized in mandolin construction.

Together with Federico Gabrielli and Claudio Canevari, researcher and teacher at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria di Milano, I began a research project about wood characterization and italian mandolins with the role of project leader. This project was funded by the World Wood Day Foundation and allowed me to deepen my knowledge about many aspects about wood choice and characterization, as well as the acoustic characterization of musical instruments and the design of innovative ones.

From 2020 I started my activity as professional luthier in my Workshop in Valtellina and I became teacher of acoustics at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria di Milano.