The Violin Making International School of Cremona
was founded on 21st September 1938 The aims were (and still are
today) to create a centre of excellence that followed and interpreted
the genius of Stradivarius, Amati and Guarneri - in other words
the Classical Cremonese makers. The violin making courses last five
years. At the end of the first three years the 'Violin craftsman'
Certificate is issued. After two more years the final 'Violin -maker'
diploma is obtained. Since its foundation - now 67 years ago - the
school has helped produce makers of an extremely high calibre whose
instruments are very much sought after by players worldwide. Into
this category a lengthy list of past graduates fall and it is a
shame that we are unable to mention them all here. Of the graduates
that have gone on to become professional makers of a truly international
standing one must include Gio Batta Morasssi (enrolled 1952), Renato
Scrollavezza (enrolled 1951), Francesco Bissolotti, Giorgio Scolari
(enrolled 1965), Antonio Capela and no less than three generations
of The Konia family.
Stefano is the son of Stefano Conia (Sn) and is the great-grandson
of Istvan Konya. He was born in Cremona in 1973 and was a pupil
of his father before enrolling at the Violin Making School of Cremona
where he was guided in his studies by Giorgio Scolari (b. 1952).
Stefano received his diploma in 1991. Stefano's work has received
good results in several national and international competitions.
Born in Hungary in 1946 Stefano is the father of Stefano junior.
Strongly influenced by his fathers violin making Stefano enrolled
at the Violin Making School of Cremona in 1968 - perfecting his
craft with Sgarabotto, Morassi and Bissolotti. Stefano returned
to the School a few years later and for a period that was to last
over 20years he gave lessons in varnish, restoration and construction
Maestro Conia has been awarded many prises
for his work at both national and international competitions. His
instruments are recognized and appreciated throughout the world.
Brother of Stefano Conia (Sn). Works in Hungary along-side his father.
President of the Hungarian Instrument Makers Association.
the maker of this fine instrument. He was born (01/05/1919) in Felsogalla,
Hungary and is the father of Stefano (Sn) and Lajos. Initially a
self taught maker (first violin at the age of 14) - who had the
ability to impress violin virtuosi Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh
with the quality of his instruments. With strong influence from
Menhuin, Konya - at the age of 44 - received an Italian scholarship
to study at the Cremona School of Violin Making (enrolment No 46.
In his diploma year Konya won the Gold Medal
and first prise for a cello (now in the Cremona Museum) in the prestigious
Triennale Competition. In August 1994 The Strad magazine published
an article on the Konya family. Konya's production is over 600 instruments.
Konya died on 15th June 1999 at the age of 80.
Yes the instrument has an ink inscription on
the inside upper rib - bass side - KONYA I. TATA 1983. It also bears
a large (approximately 16cm x 10cm) and distinctive label showing
a the outline of a violin and printed "Konya Istvan - Ungheria,
Tata, Baji Ut 11, Annon 1983".
At the bottom of the label there are six circular
medals that depict or commemorate the following:
1) The city of Cremona
2) Omaggio all ente Luteria Cremones E. Rossi
3) Violin with bow and diploma scroll
4) Al Miglior Liutaio Diplomarto Per l'annon
1967-68 in Memoria di Marola Guido, Violinista.
5) Cello encircled by the words Trienniale
Internazionale di Luteria Cremona
6) Duomo (the Cathedral) and Torazzo (tower)
in Cremona town square.
accompanies this instrument and is provided from Cremona in the
form of an e-mail from Stefano Conia (Sn) - dated 02/09/05
which is addressed to Tony Houska - Managing Director of The
Contrabass Shoppe Ltd - which states following examination of the
details presented "It was made by
The instrument was a little bit neglected when
we found it - so we've done a number of things to tweak and tune
this 22year old instrument back into the A1 condition that you now
find it. In the main this included resetting the neck angle and
redoing a crack in the front and a small one in a top rib. Rebushing
work to the pegbox and the fitting of a stunning new set of hand
made English machines has been done. A full set up has also been
Yes - you should definitely consider this instrument
because the model and proportions (String length of 105cm) are perfect
for a solo instrument. Most important of all is the sound. Set up
with Pirastro solo strings the powerful, clear carrying sound is
absolutely perfect for solo recitals.
This is a beautifully made instrument from a
well-recognised maker. Konya instruments are prized by players in
the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden.
Besides being a wonderful instrument to play - we think that this
perfectly made instrument will prove to be an excellent investment.
Width at the upper bout 20.00in (51.0cm)
Width at the centre bout 14.65in (37.2cm)
Width at the lower bout 26.00in (66.0cm)
LOB 44.50in (113.0cm)
St length 41.50in (105.0cm)