Italian Music Industry

Luigi Bruti was an accordion champion as a teenager and was asked by the Siel Musical Instrument Company to demonstrate their latest products. It was the beginning of his life long career in the music products industry. Luigi became a product engineer helping with several noted instruments,...
Claudio Capponi is a musical instrument technician with a passion for the Farfisa Organ, after all he worked for the company for many years. His interest and dedication to the instrument and its history led him on a fascinating journey to create the Farfisa Museum in Camerano, Italy. Along the way...
Giorgio Clerici is the son-in-law of Cosimo Pomarico, the classically trained clarinetist who in 1960 began making his own unique mouthpieces.  Mr. Pomarico developed a crystal mouthpiece, which became the signature product of his company.  In addition to the designs, he also built the facing...
Riccardo Clerici is the grandson of Cosimo Pomarico, the classically trained clarinetist who in 1960 began making his own unique mouthpieces.  Mr. Pomarico developed a crystal mouthpiece, which became the signature product of his company.  In addition to the designs, he also built the facing...
Paolo Fazioli heard a special piano sound in his head and yet was unable to find an instrument that was capable of producing the sound, so he built his own pianos. Beginning in 1978, he developed the techniques and use of special woods to craft one of the most revered sounds in the piano industry....
Claudio Formisano grew up in Naples in a musical family where at a young age his three brothers convinced Claudio to play drums to complete their Beatle-like band!  When he was 12 years old he formed his own band, which he called Beautiful!  Claudio likes to say his life has been music and he...
Giorgio Giannini proudly recalled the beginning of his family’s involvement in the music industry as part of his interview for the NAMM Oral History collection.  Mr. Tranquillo Giannini was a well-respected luthier in Italy who had the vision to set up his work shop in South America.  In 1900, he...
Steno Giulini served as the editor of the International Association magazine "Euro Piano" for well over 60 years.  He was by far the oldest employee of the specialist publishing PPV Medien and became a historian as he said, by simply writing and living.  At the time of his NAMM Oral History...
Dr. Alfio Leone was among the world’s best loved luthier of traditional Italian musical instruments. He learned his craft by years of studying the vintage instrument in the region of Sicily where he was born, established his factory, and where he passed away. In 1958 he changed the name of the...
Carlo Lucarelli graduated with an electronics engineering degree in 1963 and after three years with GTE in Milano, he joined the music products industry first working with Farfisa Organs. Farfisa was located in the Ancona area of Italy and Carlo worked there until 1976. At that time, he joined...

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