From ilcapoluogo.it – Link to the article (in Italian)
Gino Sfarra, a 24-year-old luthier, studied at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria di Milano to learn the craft of designing, constructing, and repairing stringed instruments. After completing his studies, he returned to his hometown of L’Aquila to fill a professional gap.
Sfarra spends around 300 hours building a violin and even more time for a cello. He participates in national and international events to gain visibility and sells 90% of his work abroad.
Despite this, he still works in L’Aquila, where classical music is popular. Sfarra believes that there is a renewed interest in classical music among young people. His passion for this niche profession began as a hobby before he studied at the Conservatory. He now handles everything, from sourcing wood to applying natural resin-based varnish.