Maker: Edgar Russ
Model: Giuseppe Guarneri ‘Del Gesu’
Year of construction: 2018
An extremely fine violin, made by Master Luthier Edgar Russ in his workshop in Cremona. Expertly crafted, it has a beautifully sculpted body and a rich and powerful sound. It is an outstanding copy of the Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Cremona, c. 1744, the ‘Sainton, Betti’.
A very deep and rich sounding violin, it has a stunning dark sound that is sure to impress many musicians. This could be a very good instrument for an all around musician who performs in many types of ensembles.
The violin comes certified from the Luthier as well as the Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari, Cremona.
Born in 1966, Edgar Russ was the youngest of five children in a big Austrian family. Probably to attract the attention of the rest of the family, he was compelled to stand out, and felt instantly attracted to everything that generated a powerful sound. Already at the age of 11, Edgar made his first instruments – Bongos, drums, flutes and guitars.
“Already in my childhood, I felt deep satisfaction from creating something with my own hands. I knew I wouldn’t exist without handicraft.“
At seventeen, a very focused Edgar Russ moved to Cremona, Italy, to attend the world-renowned international violin making school “Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria, Antonio Stradivari”. After gaining work experience in Cremona, the young violin maker went to the US to expand his expertise in international violin making. Already at a very early age, Edgar Russ became a master luthier.
In 1990, master luthier Edgar Russ opened his first workshop in Cremona on Via Plasio, followed by a relocation to Via Sicardo together with a friend, Giorgio Grisales. Another ten years passed by, before Master Edgar Russ decided to open a new independent workshop that would better represent his own personality and creative soul. Until today this workshop is located in the heart of the historic center of Cremona on Via Maura Macchi. Since 2017, Edgar Russ is also member of the board of directors of the Consortium “Antonio Stradivari”, where he shares his know-how with the rest of Cremona´s makers.