Julia Sarano is a London-based violin, viola and cello maker who builds on the Cremonese tradition to create instruments of singular finesse and contemporary character. Originally from Argentina, she trained as a dancer and theatre performer in Europe and then worked in these domains for over a decade. Fascinated by the interplay of art and craft, she naturally transitioned into instrument-making, which encompasses both.
After initial training in Italy and an apprenticeship in France, she honed her skills at the Newark School of Violin Making. Every year, she takes part in the Oberlin Violin Maker's Workshop, where the craft is constantly being pushed to new levels.
She is one of the contemporary W. E. Hill & Sons violin makers and a founder of The Open String Foundation which supports free music education programs for children living in underserved communities across the world. She shares a workshop with Robert Brewer Young in Hampstead, London.
Inspiration comes from unexpected places.
An array of some of her sources...
Silence is like scouring sand. When you are quiet, the silence blows against your mind and etches away everything that is unimportant. Gordon Hempton
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. Lao Tzu
Indian classical dance is sustained by a profound philosophy. Form seeks to merge with the formless, motions seek to become a part of the motionless, and the dancing individual seeks to become one with the eternal dance of the cosmos. Nita Ambani
Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in Leonard Cohen
A poet is someone who can pour Light into a spoon, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth Hafiz
I dream my painting and I paint my dream. Vincent van Gogh
Like billowing clouds, Like the incessant gurgle of the brook, The longing of the spirit can never be stilled. Hildegard von Bingen
Nature loves courage. Terence McKenna