An outstanding viola by GIACOMO RIVOLTA Milan, c. 1830

Giacomo Rivolta is highly regarded for his excellent violas and cellos. While most of the details of Rivolta’s working life remain unknown, his legacy of remarkable violas and cellos is a testament to his great talent. It is thought that the legendary collector Count Cozio di Salabue had the utmost respect for Rivolta and loaned the maker instruments by Stradivari to study in 1816. His workshop was under the sign of “Santo Re Davide“ on Contrada Santa Margherita in Milan. This extraordinary viola has a rich tenor quality of sound and powerful projection making it exceptionally well suited for all types of playing.

Photo: Matthew Tolzmann