Gianmaria Assandri

Luthier / Maker of the 8ft Project's Arpeggione

Gianmaria's Story...

Gianmaria started doing his job when he was a boy, clumsily fixing his guitar that had its bridge ripped off. It was a Japanese classical guitar, made of plywood, but it was his and he still kept it as a memory of that first work.

This had been the spur that led him to meet – in 1980 – his late and dear Maestro Federico Lowenberger, introduced by his friend, and now Maestro, Antonino Airenti, as fond of music and instruments as he is. For more than 25 years, Gianmaria was part of Master Lowenberger’s workshop and can say he learned everything he knows by working “a bottega” with him.  Thanks to him, Gianmaria used the logo he now puts in the threading of all his instruments for the first time (when it’s possible) or by branding, in honour and in memory of his beloved Maestro.

In his life, Gianmaria has built, fixed and restored all kinds of stringed instrument, guitars, mandolins, violins, violas, violones and double basses. In time, large instruments have become his favourites and they are his main work. Gianmaria also works on modern and electric musical instruments.  In 2008 his long-cherished dream finally came true and he opened his new workshop, in Genoa’s historic centre.