One-year Course of Classic Cremona Lutherie


One-year Course of Classic Cremona Lutherie


Whoever interested can contact the Academia Cremonensis offices at the telephone number +39 0372 808970 or at the e-mail address


The course is destined to violin making competent people (successfully appreciated by the Academia Cremonensis) who wish to specialize in the classic Cremona method.

This method, called “Sacconi”, requires great manual skills and emphasizes the craftman’s creative ability. The instruments made by this method are different one each other giving evidence the work is completely hand made.

Our students also participate in meetings of study and workshops periodically organized by the Violin Museum.

At the end of the course, after an exam, the student receives the regional competence of violin maker, valuable in all the EU, according to the Classic Cremona Method, internal mould, with purfling when the body is closed.


During the course the student will realize two instruments for competition using the Cremona classic method.


Applicant must be adult.

For foreigners, possession of an appropriate residence permit is a prerequisite for attending the course. To whose who still not have it at the time of enrolment, the school provides an invitation letter to be presented to the Italian Embassy in the country of origin, along with the other required documents, to obtain the visa for study.

Students who do not have their own tools, are required to buy them during the first days of the course. The school is willing to buy them for the students upon a payment of 700 €.

The Academia does not provide housing but assistance can be offered in finding student housing to all those who request our help in advance.

The Academia provides both services free of charge.


The course has a total cost of € 20.000.

Students practice 5 hours of laboratory a day, 6 days a week, 10 months a year.

The candidate who passes the entry interview, when enrolling must do a down payment of € 2,000 in order to initiate the process of registration.

The balance must be paid before the course starts.

The fee covers all admission fees, the cost of the whole school year (both primary and secondary courses), fees associated with yearly participation to the International Fair Cremona Mondomusica, a formative one-day trip to Val di Fiemme to the spruce forest and participation to an International Final Competition.


The course beginning is accorded between the Academia Cremonensis and the student and lasts a calendar year.

To enrol in the Academia Cremonensis course, the student must complete the application form and send it to


The Academia Cremonensis accepts total or partial payment of the fees through scholarships given by private or public foundations or institutions.

The Lucchi Foundation of Cremona, among the supporters of the Academia Cremonensis, offers at its discretion various grants and scholarships to students enrolled in violin and bow making course at the Academia Crmeonensis. Students who wish to apply are urged to contact the Foundation through its website

The Foundation will have complete control over the scholarships during the course in order to fully evaluate each student’s merit and in agreement with the Academia Cremonensis will be free to discontinue any scholarship to a recipient if student’s behaviour is deemed undeserving.


All completed instruments will be marked with the Academia Cremonensis label, with the name of the builder, the year and the place of completion.

Certificates of authenticity attached to each completed instrument will be under the Academia Cremonensis brand along with the name of the builder, the year and place of completion.

All instruments completed by the students will be the sole property of the Academia, which will grant them to hire or loan to persons or institutions deemed worthy.

Back to Academia instruments are subject to appropriate verification with drafting a special condition report, an operation which is part of the students’ academic records.

For further information, contact the Academia Cremonensis offices at the telephone number +39 0372 808970 or at the e-mail address