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Leandro Bisiach

Father of the Bisiach family of violin makers, Leandro was a successful businessman who promoted Milanese violin making and provided employment to a generation of Milanese makers. Born in Casale Monferrato in 1864, he first acquired his knowledge of violin making from the brothers Romeo and Riccardo Antoniazzi in around 1886. Between them they founded the Milan School of Violin Making, in which Bisiach was the dominant figure. Between 1918 and 1922 he was curator of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and retired from his Milan workshop in 1932, but continued to work privately until his death in 1946. The output under his name is wide and various. Initially very much under the influence of the Antoniazzi brothers, but his later work absorbed many different styles and often appeared with aged varnish finishes. Bisiach instruments were awarded prizes in numerous international exhibitions and competitions.

Leandro Bisiach

(Milan, b 1864; d 1946)

Father of the Bisiach family of violin makers, Leandro was a successful businessman who promoted Milanese violin making and provided employment to a generation of Milanese makers. Born in Casale Monferrato in 1864, he first acquired his knowledge of violin making from the brothers Romeo and Riccardo Antoniazzi in around 1886. Between them they founded the Milan School of Violin Making, in which Bisiach was the dominant figure. Between 1918 and 1922 he was curator of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, and retired from his Milan workshop in 1932, but continued to work privately until his death in 1946. The... Read more

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Russell Crowe’s violin sets new record at auction

09 April 2018

Russell Crowe’s Leandro Bisiach violin has sold at Sotheby’s Australia for AUSS$167,400 (£89,700) – a record for a Bisiach at auction. It was one of 227 lots for sale in the Oscar-winning actor’s ‘The Art of Divorce’ sale. Ingles &... Read more

Russell Crowe’s violin up for auction

27 February 2018 - Ingles & Hayday

Russell Crowe’s Leandro Bisiach violin, played in the film ‘Master and Commander’ is to be auctioned on 7 April 2018. Ingles & Hayday are pleased to announce the sale of a violin belonging to the actor Russell Crowe – known... Read more

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