Born in Novara in 1981, Emanuele Francioli developed an early passion for music and musical instruments, admiring his grandfather’s work as a piano tuner. Learning to play piano and guitar as a self-taught musician, he soon discovered the string quartet and the beauty and perfection of classic Italian violins. Once obtained his high school Diploma (Liceo Scientifico), he attended violin making classes at “Civica Scuola di Liuteria” in Milan under the guidance of Maestro Luca Primon. He graduated in 2007 after an apprenticeship on cello construction and fitting in the workshop of Maestro Dario Segala. In the meanwhile he attended the restoration course of Maestro Carlos Arcieri at “Accademia Perosi” in Biella. He started his own profession as an artisan in the year 2009.
Since 2010 he has been a member of the professionist section of the Italian Lutherie Association (Associazione Liutaria Italiana, ALI), taking part to several exhibitions (Cremona, Tokyo, Sidney).
In 2012 and 2015 he joined the “Triennale” International Violin Makers Competition with his cellos, gaining respectively 23rd and 21st place.
In 2014 he joined with a violin the “Luthiers of the XXI Century” exhibition, at the Museum of the Violin in Cremona. In the same year he is awarded with the “Piemonte Eccellenza Artigiana” (Piedmont Craftsmanship Excellence) mark of recognition.
In 2018 he joined the “Triennale” Competition once again with a cello, gaining 12th place, and with a viola, being one of the finalists awarded with Honourable Mention. He also won the “A.L.I. Award”, silver plate to be given to an Italian maker not classified among the first three of any category, for an instrument “with peculiar personality within the Italian tradition and culture”.
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