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.
The period from 1921 to 1929 was significant for Poggi to establish his master status. The gold medals he received at various competitions in late 1920s greatly enhanced his reputation and opened up the golden age of his luthier career. By then, the level of his craftsmanship and complexity of his concepts had been rarely equalled by other Italian luthiers, even including his teacher Fiorini.
Besides violins and violas, Poggi produced 25 cellos in his lifetime. The cello made in 1927 is a representative piece of the master, and it is also the only Poggi cello in mainland China. In Nov., 2018, the cello made its debut in China at the cello concert of cellist Yulian Xu in Beijing Concert Hall.