Ansaldo Poggi (1893-1984) has been hailed as ‘Stradivari of the 20th century’. Probably the most renowned of Giuseppe Fiorini's students, Poggi wonderfully illustrated the Bolognese style.
In his entire life, Poggi exercised total control over his technique and kept high standard in his violin making, with great capacity to control the board thickness and sound quality. His works are designed for soloists. In 1950s and 1960s, Poggi entered the mature golden stage of his luthier career. Instruments he made in mid-1960s are especially exquisite. Though Poggi’s violins are mostly based on the Stradivari model, they possess the power similar to that of Guarneri’s works.
The viola made by Ansaldo Poggi in 1967 is an excellent piece of his later years. The craftsmanship is superb, and the playing quality is excellent. Like Antonio Stradivari, the virtuoso luthier Ansaldo Poggi entered another golden phase of his career around the age of 70. In a letter once Poggi wrote to his friend he said, this is the best viola he has ever made in his lifetime.