Lorenzo Storioni was born in Cremona at the end of the great classical period that came to an abrupt halt with the deaths of the three Stradivaris, Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” and Carlo & Michel Angelo Bergonzi. Storioni was a contemporary of the third generation of the Bergonzi family and came to share a workshop address with Nicolo Bergonzi two years after this 1788 viola was made.
Although Storioni is well known for a large number of violins, his violas are very highly regarded and have served a number of important concert artists over the years. Normally built on a small pattern, their tonal qualities belie their small size. In fact, this viola has a depth of sound that is surprising to hear from an instrument of such compact form.