BIAGIO CARUANA MARSIGLIESE – b. 1885 d. 1957
Biagio Caruana Marsigliese was a native of Sicily and went to Rome in the early 20th century to study the double-bass. He worked as both a musician and violin maker in Rome for many years. One of his double-basses won a medal at the Cremona Exposition of 1937 and another was awarded a prize by the Academia di Santa Cecilia in 1952. Marsigliese’s craftsmanship is very neat and straightforward. The knowledge he acquired as a player was beautifully translated into his instruments’ designs and, though not widely known, he was and is highly regarded for the ease of playability and fine appearance of his instruments.
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