Ansaldo Poggi (1893-1984) was one of the most distinguished violin makers in the 20th century. Probably the most renowned of Giuseppe Fiorini's students, Poggi wonderfully illustrated the Bolognese style. In the mid-1920s, Poggi entered the golden age of his luthier career.
Poggi departed from his teacher's style and developed his own more personal touches. In his entire life, Poggi exercised total control over his technique and kept high standard in his violin making. Poggi’s instruments are characterised by their distinctive scrolls, purfling, f-holes, etc. and are well regarded for their excellent playing qualities which set him apart from the other 20th-century Italian makers. Poggi himself has also mentioned his capacity to control the board thickness and the sound quality. His works are designed for soloists.
The viola made in 1963 by Ansaldo Poggi is now owned by the Yu Art Foundation. The viola, made by the master at the age of 71, is an excellent piece of his later years. The original label signifies the place of production as Bologna, Italy. The craftsmanship is superb, and the playing quality is excellent. It bears the classical form of Stradivari with graceful lines and distinct features. Like Antonio Stradivari, Poggi also entered another golden phase around the age of 70 in his artistic life.