“Who works with his hands is a laborer. Who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. Who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Pietro Gargini

I started my journey in the world of classical violin making of stringed instruments at the age of seventeen. The rudiments I received them by Elder Maestro Guido Maraviglia and the luthier Mauro Scartabelli. Next, I studied with the luthiers Luigi Ercoli and Gabriele Natali, cohoperating with them for a few years.

Later I deepened my knowledge specializing in various aspects of construction, restoration and development along with masters such as Gabriele Negri, Lambert Houniet, Hans Nebel and Carlos Arcieri, with whom I improved my skills in his New York workshop.

In 2007 I obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Florence, with a thesis entitled “Form and Music: the mechanics of the Violin”, the study through which I investigated
the family of strings quartet observing the birth and development up to the present day;
analysis of the forms, ratios and proportions;
geometric and their implications acoustic solutions;
conceptual origin of the family of the string quartet as a coincidence of the search for “beauty as harmony of proportions” Renaissance Humanism

In 2008 I opened my own workshop as a professional luthier. From 2008 to 2012 I was a member of the Associazione Liuteria Toscana.

In Pistoia, in my workshop located in the historical center, split my time between restoration and construction of new instruments.