Music has played an integral part in Ada Quaranta’s life since childhood when, aged ten, she began violin studies, followed soon afterwards by viola lessons at the Conservatorio di Cuneo, her hometown. It was there that she gained much experience on the concert stage in solo, chamber and orchestral performance.
She received an Intermediate Qualification in Viola Performance in 1988 and in the following year was awarded a Diploma in Violin Performance, passing with Distinction.
Whilst studying at the Conservatorio she also attended the Antonio Stradivari International Violin Making School in Cremona.
An outstanding student, Ada was the recipient of a scholarship funded by the Walter Stauffer Foundation in 1991. The following year she was granted a scholarship by the International Violin Making School in recognition of her academic achievements.
She was awarded her Diploma with Distinction in 1992.
To further her studies, Ada successfully completed the Bow Making Course held by Giovanni Lucchi and Emilio Slaviero, thereby deepening her understanding of the delicate equilibrium that exists between the instrument and bow, an aspect of her work that has always fascinated her.
Upon completion of her studies Ada pursued her passion for restoring classical instruments: her interest and enthusiasm led to her relocating to other Italian and European cities. Between 1992 and 1999 Ada worked in some of the finest and most respected ateliers specialising in restoration work, including J.F, Schmitt in Lyon and Geigenbau Machold in Bremen.
It was there that Ada had the great opportunity to restore and play many of the instruments crafted by the greatest Italian masters of the past.
Being in close contact with instruments of such astounding quality, having the opportunity to examine them in detail, being able to study their proportions, shape, curvature, their tonal qualities and timbre, and observe their varnish at close quarters allowed Ada to create a vast archive consisting of data, photographs and plaster casts.
This resource has proved to be an indispensable asset, enabling her to copy prestigious classical instruments with utmost professionalism and integrity, prompting her to dedicate herself entirely to this field.
It was during this period that Ada made firm friends with the best violin makers working today who specialize in constructing superb copies of classical instruments, including Roger G. Hargrave in Meyenburg, with whom she enjoyed an intensely creative and fruitful relationship between 1999 and 2001, which continues to thrive today.
By dint of working on a daily basis alongside the Master violin maker Ada perfected her talent and capabilities and together they created superlative reproductions of classical Italian instruments.
Ada returned to Italy in 2001 and putting to good use the decade of experience she acquired abroad she opened her atelier from where she exclusively makes high quality instruments which have won numerous prizes in top-flight International Competitions. Today she dedicates herself to crafting copies of modern and baroque instruments that are a delight to play and amply satisfy the expectations of some of the world’s leading musicians. Her manual dexterity has over the years become even more refined, her constant desire to improve, continuous studies and several years experience in restoration work, have all contributed to considerable advances in the acoustic properties and aesthetic appeal of her instruments, which are today known and admired throughout the world.
Her ability to play the violin, viola and cello at a professional level and innate musicianship confer a unique talent to optimise the sound of her instruments in the final stage of her work, a fact recognised by all her clients.