Claudio Lazcano del Castillo

Claudio Lazcano del Castillo began his training in 1984 in the luthiery workshops of Ateneo Los Teques in Venezuela. Since 1985 he has made plucked instruments for various institutions, among which are: the Camerata de Caracas, the Estudiantina del Banco Industrial de Venezuela, Universidad de Los Andes, Central University of Venezuela, Mavesa Cultural Project, the Foundation Bigott and the National Cultural Council as well as renowned figures of musical performance as Saul Vera, Julio Medina, Cheo Hurtado, Christoph Soto, Isabel Palacios, Jonathan Coles, Rafael Brito, Ivan Adler, Salomé Sandoval, Luis Pino. In 1997 he took some training courses with Paul Fischer, in the August International Festival in Caracas. He makes traditional instruments, including those belonging to the Latin American traditions, but also old European instruments such as lutes, harps, mandorlas, Renaissance and Baroque guitars.


Ugo Casalonga has been a luthier since 1982, specialising in the Cetera (Corsican cittern) and ancient music instruments. He founded his lutheiry workshop "Casa Liutaiu" with the ambition to revive the traditional Corsican instruments. For more than 35 years, he has combined artistry and craftsmanship into instruments of strong personality and authenticity. In his Balagne (Haute-Corse) workshop in Pigna he creates, manufactures and restores string instruments. Plucked strings such as citterns, guitars, harpsichords, guitars and citolels, as well as bowed strings, lira da braccio, vièles.

Source: Casa-Liutaiu website (29 January 2020)

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