International violin making school of Parma Renato Scrollavezza

43015 - Noceto (PR)


as the capital city of the Duchy including Piacenza and Guastalla, Parma has enjoyed over the centuries a rich cultural life. Thanks to its theatres, the likes of the Farnese and Regio, it has attracted and played host to great musicians, composers and conductors such as Nicolò Paganini, Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini.

Nowadays it can still boast the Toscanini Orchestra and the new Auditorium Paganini designed by Renzo Piano. An equally important role was played by Parma as far the construction of stringed instruments was concerned. Three schools stand out among the several violin-making workshops active in town since the 16th century:  those of G. B. Guadagnini in the 18th century and later of Gaetano Sgarabotto and Renato Scrollavezza.
The International School of Violin Making of Parma, founded in 1975 at the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito  is now considered one of the leading European educational institutions in its field and is currently run by the Liuteria Parmense with the support of the Councillorship for Culture of the Municipality of Parma.

Since 1975 the International violing making school of Parma teaches how to master the luthier craft. Directed since its foundation by Maestro Renato Scrollavezza with a great emphasis on workshops and practical training of each single pupil, the School of Parma is the place where many of the best known violin makers of our time have learned their craft.