Daniele Ciaccio

Daniele was born in Milan in 1967. From 1984 to 1990 he attended Cremona School of Violin-Making, under the guidance of Massimo Negroni, Ernesto Vaia and Vincenzo Bissolotti. During the same period he also completed a guitar making course with maker Carlo Raspagni in Vigante (near Milan).

He travelled to Paris to learn restoration and set-up techniques. He stayed there for three years and worked at well-known workshops of Vassiliev, run by Bernard Sabatier and Pierre Barthel, and Latin Lutherie, run by Giles Chancereul, thus becoming familiar with the French style of violin making. He then travelled to the US to work at Hill Music Violin Shop, North Carolina, with R. Nowell and Jennifer C. Creadick. Daniele worked in San Francisco in Frank Passa’s workshop (Sacconi’s pupil and friend), where he was able to see and repair many beautiful Italian instruments (Gragnani, Storioni, Sannino, Postiglione, J.B. Ceruti, Scarampella, etc.)

Establishing himself in Cremona in 1997, Daniele dedicated his time to the construction of new instruments and copies based on models by Italian masters. He collaborated with Carlo Chiesa (historian and maker) in Milan where he studied the construction and set-up of baroque instruments (viola da gamba, violin, cello). Daniele worked in Brisbane, Australia, at Simmers Violin Makers with owner and violin restorer John Simmers, where he restored most of the beautiful instruments in QLD (Bernadel, Rocca, Sacconi, M. Goffriller, Fagnola, Klotz, Poggi, Pilofius etc.). He worked in Sydney at The Violinery owned by the well known violinist Charmian Gadd. Back in Italy he spent two years working in Milan with the well know restorer Federico Fantova and his wife Julia De Lucca where he had the opportunity to improve his skill. His last work experience was in Cremona in Eric Blot’s workshop for two years. Finally in the 2008 Daniele opened his own shop in the historical center of Cremona , Via Felice Cavallotti n. 13 .

From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of Consorzio Liutai in Cremona “Antonio Stradivari”. In October 2012 Daniele organized the first exposition of Contemporary Violinmakers in “Antonio Stradivari’s House” in Cremona. In 2013 he founded, as Vice President, the Cultural Violinmakers Association “Stradivariazioni” established in the “Stradivari’s House”. In August 2015 he moved his Cremonese shop in Corso XX September n.39

With his 31 years of experience, Daniele has made violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars and basses. He specializes in restoration of old instruments and making copies of classic Italian instruments.