Born in 1853, Riccardo Antoniazzi was the eldest son of Gaetano with whom he studied. He spent some time working in Nice with N. Bianchi before setting up his own workshop in Milan in 1881. Among his students was Leandro Bisiach. with whom he worked for a number of years. He was a major figure in the establishment of the modern Milanese school of makers and trained some of the major figures of the nest generation. Riccardo Antoniazzi is considered one of the finest and most important makers of his time in Milan. This fine violin has a powerful and resonant tone with a nice texture and is very responsive and easy to play.