I am Erfan Samsam Shariat, a master of science in Materials Engineering from Iran.
I have started violin making 8 years ago in my home basement and made 14 violins so far. I have played violin (Iranian Classic method) since I was 8 years old and I participated in many concerts in my country. As my bachelor was Mining Exploration, I passed many courses to be familiar with the wave physics to do geophysical attempts in the fields Then it will be very useful for violin making. Moreover, as I wrote, my master was materials processing engineering and I really worked hard on many substances and materials. This will help me to learn sooner about the materials using in violin making such as glues, varnishes, coatings and so on because I know the principals of chemistry.
I really believe that this spiritual music instrument is one of the most specific gifts from the heaven to the humankind we should save this by all of our efforts to give it to the next generations.
As I didn’t have a guide or a teacher in this way so far, and knowing that to approach the spirit of violin everybody should have vast educations under supervision of Italian Luthier masters, I strongly believe that it will be the best choice to learn from these masters, in the birth city of violin, Cremona, the secrets of Stradivarius, Guarneri, Amati and other violin makers of this city.
You can imagine how difficult it was for me to learn the basics of violin making in my country because of the lack of wood banking, tools for violin making, teachers for this purpose and the sources and etc., but I established my workshop and made all of my forces to do that.
I know violin is the “World Wide Music Instrument”, because it spread around the globe an all the people adore its smooth and ear-catching sound, inherited from heaven. We have more than 10.000 violin players in my country, but we are in the lack of violin makers.
Now I really appreciate to have the opportunity with the Academia Cremonensis to pursue my career and promote my art under supervision of its best masters.
Erfan Samsam Shariat