Saulius Urbietis violin maker

Vilnius, Lithuania 




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Born in Italy, in Trieste on April 4, 1921. He spent his childhood and youth in Italy. He was a child prodigy, with the prospect of becoming a brilliant virtuoso violinist. However, after he broke both his arms while playing volleyball, this path was closed to him.

Even when their family lived in Bologna, Giuseppe Fiorini, the famous Italian master, as well as his student Armando Monterumicci, were friends of his father. Denis really liked to visit Monterumicci's workshop, and he became his student.
Fiorini belonged to a line of luthiers going back to the origins of the Italian violin tradition. At its beginning, you can put Carlo Bergonzi, who initially studied with P. Guarneri - the son of A. Guarneri and father of Giuseppe Guarneri (Del Gesú), and who later became one of the best students of Antonio Stradivari. Then comes the son and student of Carlo Bergonzi - Michele-Angelo Bergonzi. Then - Lorenzo Storioni, who studied with Michele-Angelo Bergonzi. Then - Francesco Pressenda, who studied with Lorenzio Starione. Then - Antonio Rocca, who studied with Francesco Pressenda. And finally - the father and teacher of Giuseppe Fiorini, Rafael Fiorini, who studied with Antonio Rocca.
From Fiorini, Denis learned about the methods of work of the old masters, although in the twentieth century this knowledge already existed in the form of parables and legends, with hidden meaning sometimes eluding. After the war, Yarovoy decided to continue his father's work - he became a master acoustician, the creator of bowed instruments. He set himself the goal of translating these legends into the scientific language of acoustics, specifically for which he entered Moscow State University, the Faculty of Physics. In the 1960s he headed the Acoustic Laboratory of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and for several years studied the characteristics of the best instruments of the "classical" period. He also led a creative violin workshop under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, located on the street. Tverskoy (where the Palace Hotel is now). He worked as a master at the Moscow factory of bowed instruments.
As a result, Yarovoy managed to discover the basic principles of building tools of the old masters and translate many of the legends of Old Cremona into scientific language. Denis Yarovoy has developed a technology for a unique total harmonic tuning of soundboards (violin body surfaces), which can be called the "secret of Stradivari". This method is based on the principle of resonance, where each note needs to be matched with a piece of wood that resonates perfectly at a certain sound frequency. There are Yarovoy violins, from which, if you remove the label, no one will ever say that this is not an old Italian - both in appearance and in sound.
However, an attempt to present the resulting knowledge in a language understandable to students unfamiliar with the exact sciences was not successful.
Yarovoy's instruments are present in the State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments. The viola by Yarovoy was awarded a Diploma and a Grand Gold Medal at the International Viola Competition in Ascoli Piceno (Italy, 1959).
The violins of Vladimir Spivakov's famous orchestra "Moscow Virtuosi" were repaired only at Yarovoy. An old friend of the master was the American violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, who repeatedly called him to move to England with his whole family and work there, but Denis Vladimirovich was not allowed to leave the country.
According to the memoirs of his students, Denis Vladimirovich was an unusually erudite person, a polyglot, he wrote poetry in Russian, Italian and English. He published books on the acoustics of the violin, headed the acoustic laboratory at the Moscow Conservatory, and was well versed in the physics of acoustics. In total, Yarovoy had 32 students, of which 4 became professional masters who reached a serious level.
He was a corresponding member of the Association of Italian violin makers-artists.
Denis Vladimirovich died in 1991.