Ester Passiatore  received training as Maestra Liutaia specialized in the construction  and restoration of musical bowed instruments, like violino, violas, cello, viola da gamba, violone and doublebass. She was trained at the Civic School of Violin Making in Milan and graduated in 2008.

She has carried out periods of apprenticeship and collaboration in the laboratories of established masters in the field such as the violin maker and restorer Carlo Chiesa in Milan and the baroque bow maker Fausto Cangelosi in Florence.

Participated in an international violin making event of the VSA (Violin Society of America) in Canada in Montreal in 2009, during which he was an apprenticeship in the workshop of the Maestro Carlo Chiesa.

She attended restoration and retouching courses with Maestro Hans Nebel in Parma, in 2009 and sculpture courses with the teacher Gesina Liedmeier in France in 2013. Has established relationships with international violin makers.

She regularly participates in exhibitions and events related to the modern and baroque violin making industry, in Italy and abroad.

Her workshop is located in Bari, Puglia, close to the music conservatory “Niccolò Piccinni” with wich She collaborated since 2015.

Important commissions:

–   She made a “baroque five strings cello” for the  Universität Mozarteum Salzburg

–   She made “baroque five strings Violone Viennese” located in Vienna

Has several friends and speaks few languages but not fluently, occasionally plays the cello, loves the sea and does not like those who are always late.

Violoncello costruito per "Universität Mozarteum Salzburg"


Ester is one of the few violin makers in her region

She creates and restores string instruments

She is passionate about baroque instruments


When asked by a high-school teacher whether she preferred to “become Caesar or Caesar’s chef”, Ester realised that she could do something noble and emotional in life, yet staying in the background rather than being on stage.

She decided to evolve her passion and sensitivity for sounds into learning a craft and becoming a violin maker.

After her studies in Bari and Milan, she spent years perfecting her craft thanks to the guidance of several masters, in Italy and abroad, and learning how to create and restore not just violins but also cellos, violas, gambas and double basses.

Today, she runs one of the few violin making workshops in the Apulia region, a territory where this craft is rare but where music is key, as “it represents a social redemption for many young people”.

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Ester Passiatore e gli antichi mestieri