Giancarlo Arcieri is a second generation luthier working since 1995. Born in 1977 to renowned luthier, Carlos Arcieri, his introduction to the violin making world was immediate. As a child, he crawled on the workbenches of such great masters like Bill Salchow and Rene Morel. By the age of 12 he was already developing his proficiency with the tools of the trade. At 18 his career began, taking a seat in his father’s shop located at the 250 West 54th Street building in Manhattan which, for decades, has been a central hub for luthiers and musicians alike. Upon the closing of the celebrated Wurlitzer New York violin shop, many students of legendary violin maker Fernando Sacconi migrated to this building, bringing with them some of the world’s foremost virtuosi. This environment provided Giancarlo with an incredible wealth of knowledge, feedback, and critique from both craftsmen as well as musicians. Also, some of the most historically important instruments were present on a daily basis at the 250 building. During his time there, Giancarlo had the honor of studying such amazing examples as the “Lady Blunt” violin by Antonio Stradivari, “Il Cannone” made by Guarneri “Del Gesu,” and countless other instruments made by Italian, French, and German makers.
On the 20th Anniversary of his career at Arcieri and Son Violins, Giancarlo and his father closed the shop at 250 West 54th. After many years of servicing violins, violas,, and cellos with repairs and restoration, the decision was made to focus on the construction of new instruments. His time in the shop proved to be invaluable and would provide the training and perspective to apply to his concept of violin making. Utilizing some older Italian methods of construction, Giancarlo’s goal is to continue the tradition of full varnished instruments with original patterns. Although not the current trend, this manner of “lutherie” was the original tradition pre-1800’s. In addition, all the instruments made by Giancarlo are finished with wood treatments and varnish developed by the maker himself, and are specifically designed to enhance the beauty of the wood, at the same time protecting it to withstand the rigors of time in the hands of serious musicians, both students and professional alike.
Giancarlo Arcieri’s philosophy is simple: create the most authentic, best quality product possible, through traditional methods and durable construction. His instruments can be found in service from New York City, Detroit and Florida, to Venezuela, Japan, and Montenegro. Whether in the hot humidity of Miami, or the snowy tops of Verbier, Switzerland, Giancarlo’s work always performs well. The potential for a long life is the wonderful thing about a well made instrument. One day, in three hundred years, a Giancarlo Arcieri violin will take the state in the hands of a future generation virtuoso, and continue to produce glorious sounds. This is the true reward for the Lutheier.