Anselmo Gotti was born in Pieve di Cento in 1902, the nephew of the violin maker Orsolo Gotti. He studied as a violinist initially, but from 1922 was a pupil of Ettore Soffritti in Ferrara, and took over his business after his death in 1928, completing a number of his instruments left in the workshop. He worked briefly for Anton Wittman in Vienna in 1930, but returned to Ferrara in 1931 where he completed more instruments left by Armando Monterumici after his death in 1925 in Bologna. His own production of new instruments began in earnest in 1933, and these consist mainly of well-made Stradivari and Guarneri copies, which are dated up to 1956.
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