Orphaned at an early age, Genuzio was the nephew of Carlo Carletti, and worked alongside his cousins, Nullo, Orfeo and Natale in the family workshop. Unlike his cousins, Genuzio focused almost entirely on making instruments, building hundreds over his long working life. Genuzio won a gold medal for a viola in the 1949 Cremona exhibition-competition, cementing his reputation as a master luthier. The Carletti family's instruments, and his instruments in particular, have been quite popular in this country because of the close business relationship with Settin, a major New York dealer. This violin is a particularly attractive example of Genuzio's work, with its beautiful wood selection and craquelure varnish. The sound is rich and sonorous, typical of the "Carletti sound."