Gao Tong Tong

  • Gao Tong Tong
  • The international luthier- maestro artist who in search of perfection
    The fate binding from childhood of his life with violin

    First of all, “The butterfly lovers' violin concerto” has deeply moved him while the first impression for him, and  which  he  listened to hundreds of times  in his very young age. It was the only most famous and popular piece at the time. This piece through radio introduced him to the world of Classical Music and more particularly to  dulcet violin tones.
    From that time on, Gao Tong Tong was deeply moved by the colour of tone in the violin and attractive to him snatched at every chance tried to identify and recognize the timbre of violin
    In primary school as Gao Tong Tong  became the violin pupil in schooling-music club and being participated violin part in ensemble. He always listened to over and over the beautiful melody during that period. The sound of the violin melted his heart and still melting away. 
    The time during his teenager, he fans to photography, and was falling in taking the brilliant, memorable scene or moved moment. He dives into this subject not only to probe deeply into the essence of the fabulous image but also in the composing skills.  
    Since then, the concept of “The art of thinking clearly” has been nurturing
    Visible apparent, the great potential in vary art field shown by him since his childhood.

    How he discovered violin Making

    Recalling a succession of events along his life journey which have led him to be the violin maker that he is today.
    More than a revelation, the pragmatic reason during his  young age, pragmatism was not only a philosophical tradition but also the faith for goods or vocations during the society at that time.
    In the age of 15 years old when it was time for taken the entry exams for the senior high school, he made the decision to select and enter the Beijing Violin Making School and Central Conservatory of Music and then also begun his career of violin making in 1982. As he thought that at least acquired the ability of instrument-making by entered the skill-school, it’s the skill for the vocational future.
    Following training with renowned Maestro Fuquan Wang at that period, and Mr. Quan Zheng while in his years of Central Conservatory of music.

    The life in Cremona, Italy

    In 1991, it's the third year in Conservatory, he received the offer of Government scholarship by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and begun the further progress and develop of different study field, also refresh in art "feeling". 
    Gao Tong Tong pursued his advanced studies in Cremona International Violin making School, at the same time, he became a pupil of Wanna Zambelli, Stefano Conia, Massimo Negroni and has been instructed by Gio Batta Morassi.
    Gao Tong Tong also has been apprenticed of Maestro Gio Batta Morassi at Maestro’s workshop for five years in that amazing small town.
    The atmosphere of Western culture was such different from China particular in that era.
    Something interesting about that period. While the first time when Gao Tong Tong saw the antique or ancient its historical violin, he thought it’s not difficult for making and he also can made. He found that it was a very immature thought, by time gets longer of his learning in the professional field.
    The people there, usually bringing a sense of ceremony to their everyday life can be a beautiful way to recognize and celebrate the little things too. The simple rituals have attached a certain feeling of significance. This is also deeply affected GAO Tong Tong. All people appreciate attractive moment, or beautiful things, creating self-own ceremonies will be the powerful potential for the creative imagination and inspire beauty. 
    The mature society, all professions deserve equal respect, whether you are setting up a personal studio or working in some organizations, institution and academy, the respect you get depends on your real expertise.
    Due to the impact of humanism and humanist friendly cultures, he was starting discovered the Cultural Enquiry into the Renaissance in Europe at Cremona.  
    Explores the Renaissance from the interdisciplinary perspective of history, literature, drama, religion, the history of art, philosophy, music, and variety thought. It provides Gao Tong Tong with an unprecedentedly thorough life experience of this absorbing stage in the development of his version in Western civilization. 
    The other part of the deeply impact for him, when someone wants to visit another family, they would ask politely outside the door: May I come in? They were never entry rushed.
    It seems the regular and small piece of detail part of most family life, however, the good routines would become part of life achievement.
    With all the attractions and museums not only in Cremona but also in everywhere of Europe has to offer, he stays around the surround within variety of art and rich history exhibitions during the years there. The art and logical atmosphere just like the smelling of his breathing every day, and he has been developing the creativity via the daily life.
    Since the years in Cremona, Gao Tong Tong receives lots of important and valuable world-prizes and awards high level affirmation in the global art.

    Fate in the live, Devotion and Achievement 

    During the advance and move on toward his life career, although he was still in the follower with the master maestro of the world.ù
    Gao Tong Tong participated in various and pluralistic international violin-making competitions, and  he has participating on several hugely international competition and has been receiving awarded numerous.
    To enjoy being alone is the subject to be faced by an artist throughout his life, in particularity the luthier. In the period scene during before he was making the violin for his first time for competition, he was nervous and homesick. He stood by the window and looked at the birds flying on the sky. He knew that he could only face his choices faithfully, stand firm for it. Consequently, he named the violin "Rondine" (Swallow in English), because of its footloose and fancy-free.
    Violin making is very rigorous, but from these details, GAO Tong Tong is also a very romantic person.

    The chosen main prizes as list as below:
    1993 Liuteria Artistica Cremonese in the 4th Baveno Violin Making Competition
    1994 Final Prize in the Tchaikovsky II International Violin Makers’ Competition
    1994 The 6th Prize for violin  and the 7th Prize for viola in the 7th Triennale Internazionale di Cremona
    1995 Three gold medals for violin and cello in the 5the Baveno Violin Making Competition
    1996 Bronze Medal in the 9th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition

    GAO Tong Tong was the first winner, who representing for China since the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making competition established in 1957.

    He officially registered GAO Tong Tong Violin Making Workshop in Beijing in 1998. 
    His output is exceptional in quality and in particular the faithful reproductions of following the principle of artistica liuteria  Italian style. he personally finalized the whole processes of details in instrument- making and was also engaged in the professional repairs and restores for classic and modern string instruments. The violin which he made, it is covered in an artistic, slightly antiqued oil varnish of a fabulous re-brown colour favoured and has a tone of great richness. The tone of his violin is responsive, full, and rich and easily produced with many varied tonal colours to hand and with a power that can be tapped into.。 His work is of the highest order, as one would expect, having continued the tradition set by himself and was following the principle of  artistica liuteria  Italian style.
    His instruments are played and private collection by musicians from various countries and regions, such as Italy, Austria, Germany, America, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong…..etc. Many Chinese musicians who participated in international competitions specifying to performance with the instruments which made by GAO TONG TONG, and then awarded gold prizes. Which can be said as unprecedented such as gold prize in Primrose International Viola Competition – Chinese musicians with instruments made by Chinese.
    Home is somewhere you should always be welcomed and feel you belong- even if you left it years ago. And now, GAO Tong Tong’s dream has come true in his  motherland.

    The window of dream, the door of future
          -in order for the global youngest, it's now established

    As the member of the International Association of Violin and Bow Makers, and also  by his International reputation, GAO Tong Tong was appointed to be the Director of the Violin Making Research Center in the Central Conservatory of Music  in 2019.
    He spent entire of his time for renewing the studio, and inviting global Maestro Luthier all around the world to set either hardware or software are modern, useful, and comfortable, all the meaningful in his opinion is not luxury, that should be a peaceful place with rich and affluent academic learning atmosphere. On the other hand, there will also be prosperous in global connection information since he does the best to organize the Expert at Global Maestro.
    We can see that the brilliant future of the Violin Making Research Centre in the Central Conservatory of Music will be a globalized institution with top professional expertise and resources. Not only did GAO Tong Tong come here as an international master luthier, but he also brought all his international relationships to the school and the students. Like the world's best-known treasure trove of string instruments- the Violin Collection Department of Chimei Museum Taiwan, it has completed the world-wide exclusive in the Violin Resource Sharing Agreement with the Central Conservatory of Music to support the educational ideals of Professor GAO.
    The spotlights are switching on at the field of worldwide luthier, world attention moves quickly.
    The Museum of Chimei  was collecting more than 1,386 string instruments and over 740 string-bows years of the range from 1550 to 2000 AD. Its collections and computerization datum, both historic and representative are the premium of the world's. Either Instructors or followers at the Violin Making Research Centre in the Central Conservatory of Music have enjoying these valuable resources since the summer of 2019.
    In September 2019, Giulio Morassi, the eldest grandson of the late world Master luthier Gio Batta Morassi, has become the student who majors in violin making and research, he came from Cremona where is the headstream of Italian violin to China as an international student, it's the historical first one since Rebirth China.
    GAO Tong Tong  does and willingness to be the window of their dream, the door of their future, just in order to establish the achievement and dreaming centre for the global younger.
    Just like his other prize-winning violin: Felicità  (in English is “Happy”)
    His one and only desire to the student: Joining with hope, and graduation with confidence the imaging of Art is unlimited, unique, and difficult to replace by machines the splendid lines, wonderful nature, etc., are associated with all-natural phenomena from God's creation.
    GAO Tong Tong was also willing to be the innovator of hope for young luthier, when the student received the permission from school, it also means the Sky's the limit and Hope springs eternal.

    source: personal website
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    高彤彤在克雷莫纳国际小提琴制作学校深造,同时,他成为赞贝利、斯特凡诺·科尼亚、马西莫· 内格罗尼的学生,同时也受到乔·巴塔·莫拉西的指导。并且成为该制琴大师乔·巴塔·莫拉西的学徒,在克雷莫纳这个奇妙的小镇跟随其五年时间。


    一些有趣的往事,至今对高彤彤而言,画面依然记忆犹新。 像是:当高彤彤第一次见到古董小提琴时,他认为制成至样一把乐器并没什么困难,他也可以做出来。 然而随着时间的推移,自己在专业领域更加深入沉浸后,他意识到自己当初的想法实在天真幼稚。









    不只是克雷莫纳,而是在欧洲每一个大小城市里,都有许许多多不同主题的博物馆。 在那里的岁月,高彤彤总是流连于各类艺术类与历史类展览。艺术和逻辑氛围就像存续在他日常的呼吸之中,他的创造力也通过日常生活点滴累积、逐渐形成。






    享受独处是艺术家终其一生要面对的主题,尤其是制琴师。在高彤彤第一次参赛前,准备作品的那段期间,他紧张不安、思乡彷徨,时而站在窗边,望着天空中飞翔的鸟。 他知道,他只能坚定执着、努力不懈地面对自己的选择。因此,他为这把小提琴命名【Rondine】,中文译名为【燕子】,为其赋予了自由自在、无拘无束的意义。




    1993年 第四届意大利全国提琴制作比赛,小提琴获“克雷莫那提琴制作艺术奖”。

    1993 Liuteria Artistica Cremonese  in the 4th  Baveno  Violin Making Competition.


    1994年 第二届柴科夫斯基国际提琴制作比赛,小提琴获“决赛奖”。

    1994 Final Prize in the Tchaikovsky II International Violin Makers’ Competition.


    1994年 意大利第七届以提琴制作巨匠“安东尼奥 斯特拉第瓦利”命名的国际提琴制作比 赛,小提琴获第六名,中提琴第七名。

    1994 The 6th Prize for violin and the 7th Prize for viola in the 7th Triennale Internazionale  di Cremona.


    1995年 意大利第五届全国提琴制作比赛,小提琴获第一名,金奖,同时还获得以 该比赛 的举办城市巴维诺命名的“最佳参赛作品”金奖;大提琴获第一名,金奖。

    1995 Three gold medals for violin and cello in the 5th  Baveno  Violin Making Competition.


    1996年 波兰第九届维尼亚夫斯基国际小提琴制作比赛,获铜奖。这是该比赛自1957年举办以来,华人首次获奖。

    1996 Bronze Medal in the 9th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition.



    他制作的提琴,在品质上非常出色,尤其注重遵循意大利艺术风格的延续。他亲自完成全流程乐器制作、不放过每一个细节,同时也从事提琴的修复。 他制作的小提琴,覆盖着一个艺术感、略带古朴味道的油漆,一个全新调制的红棕色彩,并生成了丰富色调。琴的音色具有饱满丰富的语调性,且易于发声。众所周知,他总是以最高标准要求自己的工作,并在重视传统原则中,注入个人的创作思维。 

    他的乐器由来自意大利、奥地利、德国、美国、日本、韩国、新加坡、台湾、香港等多个国家和地区的演奏家演奏或是私人收藏。 许多参加国际比赛的中国音乐家用高彤彤制作的乐器参赛,并获得金奖。例如,在普里姆罗斯·奥中提琴大赛中,中国音乐家用中国人制造的乐器获得金奖,这是史无前例的历史光荣感。 






    他将全部时间倾注于此:首先更新工作室,使研究中心焕然一新。在他看来,无论硬件设施还是软件条件都应具有时代特点、实用且舒适,一个具有安静并极富学术的地方并非装饰奢华浪费。 另一方面,开始聘任世界各地的全球制琴名家。由于他努力构建『全球大师专家成员』组织,也因此中国提琴制作方面的国际化程度,也密切影响着全球相关领域变化。 






    正如他的另一把获奖小提琴:【Felicità】费利西特(中译是 "快乐")所喻,他对学生唯一的愿望是满怀希望地考入,充满自信地毕业。



    source: personal website


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