I am a musical instruments conservator and curator. I collaborate with museums, public institutions and privates to preserve and to study musical instruments. Since July 2015 I have been Conservator at the National Music Museum (Vermillion, SD), at the University of South Dakota and Graduate Faculty Member for the Department of Music of the College of Fine Arts.
Prior to this I have been research fellow at the Musée de la musique in Paris, France and invited conservator at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, Switzerland (you can read here, here and here some blog articles).
My main research field is the history of restoration of musical instruments, through the study of the written and material sources.
I attended the Civic School of Lutherie of Milan, where I received diplomas in plucked instruments construction (2003) and in restoration (2004).
I studied musicology for two years at the Faculty of Musicology of Cremona, then I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Historic-artistic and Musical Heritage from the University of Bologna and a Master 2 Recherche Patrimoine et Conservation-Restauration from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
I have participated in workshops and seminars concerning the planning of catalogue files and conducted research on restoring intervention, conservation activities, history of restoration.
In 2011 I have been joint-head of the project “RRM” (Restorers and Restaurations in Museum) for the Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo, a project which aimed to give visitors a fuller understanding of artworks, by examining their history through the restorations that have taken place.
Between 2006 and 2010, I have been assistant external curator at the Civic Museum of Musical Instruments – Milan and in 2007-2008 I worked, as conservation expert, for the project and development of the conservation report of SIRBeC (Computer-based system for Cultural Heritage of Region Lombardia), on behalf of Regione Lombardia.
Since 2008 I have been working as consultant conservator for the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Soprintendenza Regionale Lombarda) as scientific and technical lead of the “Correr Museum” project.
I am a member of the International Council of Museum (ICOM), for CIMCIM committee (International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections) and ICOM_CC committee (Committee for Conservation).