Sergio Peresson violin, Haddonfield 1982
Celebrated Italian violin maker Sergio Peresson (1913-1991) was born in Udine, Italy, where he built his first violin in 1943. After serving as a luthier to the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra in Caracas, he came to the United States to work at William Moennig & Son in Philadelphia in 1963 before establishing his own workshop in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1971. Recognized as an expert copyist, his instruments were commissioned by luminaries such as Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Ivan Galamian, Mstislav Rostropovich, Eugene Fodor, and Jacqueline du Pré, who used a 1970 Peresson cello in her renowned live recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto from the same year. In the 1970s and 80s, as many as 23 Peresson instruments were played by string players in the Philadelphia Orchestra. Violinists today who play on Peresson violins include Jaime Laredo, Maria Bachmann, Lenuta Ciulei, and Alexander Markov, whose acclaimed recording of the Paganini 24 Caprices was played on his 1970 Peresson.