Master luthier and historian of string instruments Andrew Dipper will present a talk entitled, “What Makes a Stradivari: The Mysteries of a Great Violin Maker,” on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 5:30 pm, at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.
Mr. Dipper is a sought-after lecturer and has taught violinmaking and restoration in Cremona and London. He has also published important texts on various aspects of stringed instruments which include a translation of the violin-making notes of Count Cozio de Salabue, the first collector of instruments by Stradivari and Guarneri and the patron of J. B. Guadagnini; a book on the theory of violin geometry and F-shaped sound-hole construction; and three articles in The Violin Society of America Journal on the works of the Italian makers, their varnishes and working methods. In addition, he edited the translation of The Secrets of Stradivari by S. Sacconi from Italian to English. He is currently working on a translation of La Chelonomié, ou, Le Parfait Luthier, compiled by the Abbé Sibire from the workshop notes of François Lupot.
After studying sculpture and violinmaking in London and Cremona, he founded Andrew Dipper Restorations in London, England in 1975. MORE