Contemporary Italian Bow Makers
Along with contemporary instruments, most musicians are realizing the benefits of a choosing a bow made by a living maker.
This list comprises 3 exceptional Italian bow makers, all of which we believe produce extremely fine bows. They all focus on 2 key elements that any bow should have.
With these aspects in mind, we believe these makers are consistently producing fine quality bows. This is emphasized by the fact that their bows are played by a host of wonderful musicians including renowned soloists.
One of the best known bow makers in Italy, Walter Barbiero enjoys a vast reputation as one of the leading archetiers of his generation. He makes bows for all string instruments and all periods. His bows are played by top musicians such as Isabelle Faust, Mario Brunello and more.
He received a diploma from the Conservatoire “A. Steffani” of Castelfranco Veneto with Luca Volpato, and a diploma at the “Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Dance” in France with H. Suignard.
He has a particular passion for baroque and classical bows. As such, he has made bows for Giuliano Carmignola, who used one to record Vivaldi concertos for Deutsche Grammophon. Another recording featuring one of his bows is Viktoria Mullova’s Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Onux.
His bows differ from the others for their soft and elegant sound but above all for their good technical characteristics. He always prioritises the player as he feels that musicians can best express their thoughts, emotions and music through his bows.
Emilio & Luca Slaviero
Emilio and Luca have a family run business in the heart of Cremona making some of the best modern bows we have tried.
“From the craftsmanship to the sound, everything about their bows is absolutely top quality.”
Emilio studied J. F. Raffin in one of the world’s bow making capitals, Paris. However, he always made it his mission to return to Cremona and bring that level of bow making back home.
Along with his son, his bows have some very strong characteristics. They are well balanced and have a crisp and clear sound. This helps bring out the best out of string instruments. Their playability allows the player far more freedom to dig into the string, explore contact points and achieve depth of sound all while maintaining the control required from an exceptional bow.
Although their reputation is already very cemented, it is definitely worth watching these bow makers as they are certain to keep on making at a very high level.