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Gaetano Sgarabotto

Born in Vicenza in 1878 to a working class family, Gaetano Sgarabotto passed much of his extremely productive professional life in other northern Italian cities. He had two younger siblings, one of whom died in 1893, aged nine. Gaetano attended an art school from 1891-1896, while also learning to play the cello. By about 1898 he must have demonstrated an interest in making violins and other types of instruments and he completed a few violins that, although amateurish, met with approval and encouragement, apparently even from the Hills in London.

In 1901 he married Ines Larghini, a singer, and the couple soon moved to Milan, where Gaetano was to perfect his skills in violin making, working under Riccardo Antoniazzi in Leandro Bisiach's workshop. He remained with Bisiach until 1905, while also building his own clientele independently. Gaetano's eldest child, Pietro, the future violin maker and assistant to his father, was born in Milan in 1903.

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