Lorenzo Frignani was born in Finale Emilia (Modena) on 19th of February 1960. He entered the profession as a self-taught lute maker at the age of 16. In 1986 he qualified as a Master Lute-maker. He has studied with the masters G.Spataffi of Gubbio (Perugia), Otello Bignami of Bologna and Renato Scrollavezza of Parma. He is mainly devoted to the construction of fretted and bow instruments and has received numerous prizes and has gained national and international recognitions. He is also occupied with the restoration, conservation and reconstruction of antique musical instruments, especially historic guitars and bass viola da gamba.
He is the Technical Adviser for musical instruments at the Tribunal of Modena and has been appointed the position of trustee expert at the “Arturo Toscanini” foundation of Parma where he is the acting head of the Symphonic Orchestra of Emilia Romagna. He is Vicepresident of the professional association A.L.I. (ITALY) and member A.L.A.D.F.I. (FRANCE).
He has also been involved in teaching at the F.S.E. course n°166-ob.3/1966 “Operatore Liutario Conservatore” at the School of Artistic Craftsmanship of Centopievese. At present, he is collaborating with the Town Council of Pieve di Cento (BOLOGNA) as Artistic Advisor for existing courses of lutherie and for all other related initiatives.
Lorenzo Frignani has published “Ricercare sull’arte liutaria” for the Town Council of Medolla and Finale Emilia (MODENA).
He has also edited a chapter dedicated to the musical instruments of the classic period (c.1780-1830) in the 1992 Forni publication “Il salotto musicale” and has published a notable text “Chitarre e Mandolini, piccola collezione di strumenti a pizzico italiani del 18° e 19° secolo” in collaboration with Pieve di Cento Town Council and “Musica a Corte e in collezione” in collaboration with Modena Town Council.
He has held exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland and China.
In 2001 he has been invited to expose, near the Swiss center of Philip Morris International a fine collection of plucking Italian instruments of the ’700/’800/’900 period.