Emma Draghi Poggi

MY STORY

THE BEGINNINGS
I was born in Tuscany, in the Chianti hills in the province of Florence. Since I was a child, my dream has always been to become a luthier. In elementary school, when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied “the luthier” and most of the time my interlocutor did not even know what I was referring to.

AS A MUSICIAN
I studied cello and ensemble music for several years and I still continue to cultivate this passion today. Playing a bowed instrument is extremely important in order to fully understand the needs of musicians and to find together with them the timbre with which they can express themselves in their entirety and uniqueness.

MY TRAINING
I studied cello and ensemble music for several years and I still continue to cultivate this passion today. Playing a bowed instrument is extremely important in order to fully understand the needs of musicians and to find together with them the timbre with which they can express themselves in their entirety and uniqueness.

AMORIM FINE VIOLINS
Immediately after graduating from lutherie I was hired in the Amorim Fine Violins workshop where I have the opportunity to improve the construction technique more and more and to come into daily contact with world-famous musicians.

AWARDS
In 2021 I won the third prize in the “modern violin professionals” section at the ANLAI competition held in Pisogne (Brescia).

MY IDEA

CREMONESE TRADITION
In the construction I take inspiration from the great masters of the past, in particular from Stradivari and Amati. During the making of my instruments, in addition to following their style, I also respect their constructive method. In my work the Cremonese tradition is in fact well recognized by many aspects such as, among others, the choice of wood, the type of varnish, the use of the internal mould and the timbre of the sound.

ENTIRELY HANDMADE
My instruments are made entirely by me and without the help of any machinery. Personally following each stage of construction guarantees complete control over the development of the instrument and therefore a high quality. The absence of machinery also allows you to come into intimate contact with the material you are working with and to shape the wood according to the sole will of your hand. Thus the personality of the manufacturer can emerge in all its entirety and can therefore be seen in every little detail.

Violin soundbox by Emma Draghi Poggi

SEARCH FOR SOUND
I think the search for sound is an endless growth. My goal is to create an instrument that can fully satisfy all the needs of a soloist. As a musician I understand how many and different characteristics a good instrument must have and my intent is to collect and give voice to all of these. A beautiful tone and power are definitely essential qualities along with the projection, the balance between the strings, the player’s comfort and many others.

VARNISH
I use varnish that I don’t buy but that I produce myself. The varnish in many of its aspects influences the sound of the instrument, which is why I take great care in the selection of the substances I use. Even during the preparation of the wood, I choose to apply treatments that enhance the acoustic characteristics of the instrument, avoiding those that could block the sound. The varnish also has an undoubted aesthetic importance, it must in fact bring out the wood in its most beautiful characteristics.

ATELIER

AWARD-WINNING INSTRUMENTS

ANLAI COMPETITION 2021
3rd prize violin
professional section

 

 

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ARTICLES and INTERVIEWS

CONTACTS

Cremona – Italy

+39 342 1496389