This year, for the first time, a representative of Romanian luthiers is taking part in Cremona Musica, bringing a wide range of instruments made with Carpathian woods. They are represented by AALR, the association that promotes the local violinmakers. To find out something more before meeting them at Cremona, we talked with them about their violinmaking tradition and about Reghin, the Romanian “City of violins”.
Can you tell us what is the mission of your association?
Our scope is promoting and developing the violinmaking from Reghin and Romania, collaborating with other associations or organizations that operate in the same field. Then we support our members that participate in national and international competitions, fairs and exhibitions. We want to put Reghin on the world map of musical instruments making.
Which are the main features of the Romanian style in violin-making?
Simplicity and accuracy, and the ability to maximize the acoustic qualities of resonant spruce and maple from the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden species that have been treated and aged for a long time, that are renowned for their superior acoustic qualities. The ability to combine elements of German, French and Italian styles, but also to develop our own style in the course of the years.
Reghin is the Romanian “City of violins”, how did this tradition start?
As early as the 1920s, a few builders distinguished themselves like Gheorghe, Radulescu, Carbunescu, Scheffler, Prof. Bianu, Apateanu, Macarie, Pohoryles, Stirbulescu and Polak. Since wood for instruments and keyboards was being cut in Reghin, in 1949-1950 Mr. Roman Boianciuc came to Reghin and set up a workshop to build musical instruments. He gathered around him a group of people who later became some of Romania's most valued violinmakers. Then the Hora factory was opened, one of Europe's largest instrument manufacturers. After the fall of Communism in 1989, in January 1990 the Association of the Violinmakers Artists from Romania was formed, and then also Gliga, another great instrument manufacturer, was opened. Today there are many workshops of the old violin makers and also of a new generation.
What does it mean participating in Cremona Musica for your association?
The possibility to access international markets, the accreditation of the Romanian instruments’ quality and the chance for young violinmakers to develop.
What should our visitors expect?
A very competitive (or fair) quality-price ratio, seriousness, a broad view of lutherie and a wide range of musical instruments.