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Stauffer Labs, the first lutherie workshop run by Gregg Alf
Lutherie Lab is an exclusive series of meetings curated by Gregg Alf, aimed at training young musicians in the care of their instruments and providing all the useful information on the world of lutherie with a specific focus on the performers.
The Lab is structured as a cycle of 3 seminars lasting two days each of 3 hours.

The first session of this Lutherie Lab focuses on the following topics:

Daily maintenance and long-term care of stringed instruments and bows.

Interaction with your luthier for sound adjustments and repair needs.

The workshop will be held from 7 to 8 March and again from 18 to 19 April and 16 -17 May 2023 at the Stauffer Center for Strings in Palazzo Stauffer in via S. Martino 6 in Cremona.

For information +39 0372 410322

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Admission requirements: 35 years of age, 1st or 2nd level academic diploma or old system diploma issued by a music conservatory or equivalent school/institute in Italy or abroad or for exceptional requirements.

Language: English and Italian


Gregg T. Alf (born 1957 in Los Angeles) is a prominent American luthier.

Alf built his first violin in 1975. Afterwards, he spent eight years in Cremona, Italy, where he graduated from the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria.

In 1984 Gregg returned to the United States and, together with Joseph Curtin, founded the violin making studio Curtin & Alf. His collaboration with Joseph Curtin attracted the attention of numerous stars of the violin world, including Elmar Oliveira, Ruggiero Ricci and Zvi Zeitlin. In 1993 a Curtin and Alf violin built for Oliveira set the record for the highest price paid for a violin by a living builder at a Sotheby's auction. In 1997 he opened Alf Studios in the same Ann Arbor location.

Replicas of classical Italian instruments form the basis of his early work. But Gregg also uses science and technology to better understand the acoustic underpinnings of his craft. Since 1996 he has been a member and facilitator of the Oberlin summer violin making workshops. In recent years he has become a recognized expert on the acoustic properties of violins. He has also received numerous awards from the Violin Society of America for his work.


Source: Stauffer Center for Strings

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