Augusto and Gaetano Pollastri
Augusto Pollastri was born in Bologna in May 1877, the son of Cesare, an agricultural worker, and Clelia Grandi, a weaver. His childhood could not have been easy. He was one of eight children, but only two of his siblings, Gaetano and Linda, survived childhood, and the family was poor. He first encountered violin making aged only eight, performing menial tasks for Raffaele Fiorini.
Gaetano was a young child when the Pollastris lost their father and so Augusto, 11 years his senior, must have helped to raise and eventually train his brother. Gaetano studied the violin and in his youth worked as a professional violinist. Nevertheless, he spent much of his time in his brother's workshop learning restoration and violin making, and by his mid-20s his role in the workshop began to replace violin playing as his main occupation.
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