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 knife in hand, developing 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. For those not familiar with this establishment, it has been a central hub for luthiers and musicians alike. Upon the closing of the Wurlitzer New York violin shop, many of the students of legendary violin maker Fernando Sacconi migrated to this building, bringing with them some of world’s foremost vertuosi. This provided an incredible wealth of knowledge, feedback, and critique from both craftsmen and musicians. Also, 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 masters.
Giancarlo Arcieri’s philosophy is simple. Create the most authentic, best quality product possible, through traditional methods and durable construction. All instruments made by Giancarlo are also finished with wood treatments and varnish developed by the maker himself, and is 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 student and professional alike. 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, a Giancarlo Arcieri violin will take the stage in hand of a future generation virtuoso, and continue to produce glorious sounds. This is the true reward for the Luthier.