Mario Maccaferri and His Harp Guitars
by Gregg Miner
Part of a 4-part Special Harpguitars.net Feature
Because previous writings about Maccaferri’s career are conflicting or at minimum, fairly confusing, I think it prudent to attempt to create an approximate timeline of Maccaferri’s key activities concerning his lutherie and performing careers. As with all articles on Harpguitars.net, I hope to update and improve historical data whenever and wherever possible, and ask for input from anyone with ideas or information.
Mario Maccaferri Timeline
|1900||Born in Cento|
|1911||Begins apprenticeship with Mozzani (both in lutherie and as a guitar student)|
|1916||Enrolls in Sienna Academy of Music|
|1917-1918||Brief stint in army|
|1922||Graduates from Academy|
|1923||Opens his own shop in Cento|
|1923-1927||Tours Italy, Switzerland, France & Germany (and likely elsewhere) as concert guitarist|
|1926||Receives “professorship” from Sienna Academy
Instruments listed in distributor's catalog
|1926-1927||Receives 3 Gold Medals for his violins|
|1927||Moves to Paris, working in uncle’s according business.|
Moves to London
Tours continue in Austria, Yugoslavia & Germany (and likely elsewhere)
|1928-1929||Catalog of Maccaferri instrument line (Cento shop)|
|1929||Records 8 sides (pieces) for Columbia in Paris|
|1931||Meets with Selmer, moves to Paris to head new guitar production|
|1932||Production undergoing, resumes touring in Europe|
|1933||Severs relationship with Selmer
Fractures wrist and recovers for 6 months.
|1934||Begins smaller club appearances as “the unknown guitarist”|
|1935||Starts new plastic reed business.|
|1939||Moves to New York|
|1950-1960s||Develops plastic guitars and ukuleles|
|1989||Develops plastic violin|
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