The Life Of Scott Cao

By Harriett Crosby


In the world of music, one of the most famous and probably the classiest instrument would be none other than the violin. Of course in order to be able to be a maestro with this type of musical instrument, the instrument has to be world class and made by a really good luthier or violin maker. One of the most famous luthiers in this field is none other than Scott Cao who hails from the land of China.

He was originally a luthier that worked in China some time during the seventies. Because of the revolution of Mao Ze Dong at that time, he decided to move home and find a new life in the United States of America. Now, he is a very famous violin maker who works in a place named Campbell located in California.

It was during the cultural revolution of China wherein mister Scott Cao first got his taste of violin making. Before he even discovered what this art was, he was a farmer who made a living with getting crops and selling these crops. When a master violin maker came to the area, he took interest in mister Cao and offered him apprenticeship in making exquisite violins and other string instruments.

Mister Cao took interest in this and eventually was offered by the teacher a program wherein mister Cao would become a student. From there, he took up a course in the Guangzhou Institute of Professions and learned all about violins and how to make and repair them. Some time in the late seventies, he graduated from this institute and continued his career as a luthier or violin maker.

When China finally opened its borders, mister Cao was able to get out and find a new life in the United States of America. In America, he actually decided to study under several master luthiers such as Hans Weisshaar and Roland Feller. All of these masters were able to teach him how to repair and make not only violins but other string instruments.

After learning the trade, he decided to go back to China and open up his own shop along with mister Hideo Kamimoto. His store sold some of the best quality but very affordable string instruments like violins, violas, cellos and many others. After some time, he established his own brand known as Scott Cao Violins.

After a few years, he went back to the America and stationed one of his main shops there. He has received many awards from violin making contests in which he has entered. Also, there are many famous like who have used his violins such as Nigel Kennedy and Gidon Kremmer.

Mister Scott Cao is one of the nest violin makers that the world of music has ever seen. He is extremely famous for making really detailed copies of the Guarneri designs and the Stradivari designs. He is known to be able to take a look at even the smallest details of each instrument that he makes and makes sure that all strings sound really good.




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