Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri
Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, better known as Giuseppe filius Andrea Guarneri (25 November 1666 – 1739 or 1740) was a violin maker from the prominent Guarneri
The Guarneri is the family name of a group of distinguished luthiers from Cremona in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries, whose standing is considered comparable to those of the Amati and Stradivari families...

 family of luthier
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s who lived in Cremona
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, Italy
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Andrea (ca. 1626–1698) learnt his craft with Nicolo Amati
Nicolò Amati
Niccolò Amati was an Italian luthier from Cremona.-Biography:Nicolò Amati was the fifth son of Girolamo Amati and the grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati Family of violin makers. Of all the Amati Family violins, those of Nicolò are often considered most suitable for modern playing...

 and opened a workshop in Cremona in 1654. His son Pietro Giovanni (1655–1720), known as ‘di Mantova’, had moved by 1683 to Mantua, where he worked as a court musician and violin maker. Pietro's brother Giuseppe Giovanni Battista (1666–1739 or 1740) inherited the firm and developed an admired and individual style. His elder son Pietro (1695–1762), ‘di Venezia’, established a workshop in Venice about 1718. Pietro's brother Bartolomeo Giuseppe (1698–1744) was the most celebrated member of the dynasty; he used the letters I.H.S. on his labels and therefore became known as ‘del Gesù’. He was one of the greatest makers ever: his violins, renowned for their rich, powerful tone, have been favoured by virtuosos from Paganini to Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman is a world-renowned violinist, violist, and conductor. He is considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and his ongoing 45-year career has seen him perform with the world's best-known orchestras and record over 100 works...

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