Elisa Scrollavezza was born in Parma on February 4th 1967 and grew up in constant contact with the workshop environment of her father Renato, whose steps she decided to follow at the age of 18.
In the meanwhile, thanks to her family’s lively musical atmosphere, Elisa began studying the violin at the Conservatorio A. Boito and later expanded her interests towards other instruments and musicology.
In 1991 she graduated at the Parma School of Violin-Making. In 1994 she started assisting her father in tuition and since 1999 she also took over the responsibility for the organisation of the courses, two tasks which she has carried on over the years to the present day.
She has worked as a professional violin-maker since obtaining the diploma, her instruments being appreciated in many parts of the world such as Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, US, Japan, Taiwan and other countries. In 1996 she received a special mention in the 16th violin making Competition of Bagnacavallo for a viola.
In her work she naturally follows her father’s working methods and style, at the same time expressing a most personal taste. Aesthetically, Elisa aims at blending a strong and spontaneous impact of the instrument with the harmony of its lines and volumes; all this is emphasized by a deep-coloured and bright oil varnish which enhances the beauty of the extremely seasoned material selected; she also pays a special attention to instrument’s set up and the choice of fittings. Tonally she aims at a noble and silvery quality of sound, which must be also characterized by the fullness and power required by the most demanding players.
Elisa has refined her knowledge concerning instrument making, repair and set-up in various violin workshops, namely the VSA-Oberlin; she is also active in organising similar events in Italy.
In 2002 Elisa opened with Andrea Zanrè “Scrollavezza & Zanrè”, now located in the prestigious new premises of Parma historical centre. Here she devotes herself mainly to the making of new instruments for a clientele of international dealers, collectors and professional musicians. Other activities include the making of replicas, dealing and restoration.
Elisa is a member of VSA and founder member and Secretary of Liuteria Parmense