It was four decades ago that Bernard Neumann left Canada for Cremona - birthplace of the violin - to study violin making, but he still draws inspiration from his walks in the northern Italian town today. He and his American partner Bruce Carlson work on the centuries-old instruments created over the centuries by Cremona's master luthiers, which are now valued in the millions, and crafting their own for today's most talented virtuosi. He traveled to Cremona in 1982 and apprenticed for two years with Carlson, "the deacon" of restorers, before eventually becoming his partner. For the past 30 years, their workshop has restored, certified and made violins for many of the world's top soloists. Neumann has made about 60 violins, violas and cellos, which renowned Italian cellist Claudio Pasceri says are on a par with those made in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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