Emanuele Del Verme is an Italian luthier and ethnomusicologist. Born in Naples in 1984, Emanuele began musical studies as a child. He studied classical guitar before moving to the drums and classical percussion, specialising with Maestro Vittorio Buonomo and Maestro Alfredo Russo. As a performer he participates in various events and competitions and has won major awards.
In 2012-13 and 2013-14 he studied the viol at the Conservatorio Ottorino Respighi in Latina (near Rome) with Maestra Claudia Pasetto and worked as a percussionist with the Ensemble Comes Amoris.
After the classical studies, he graduated with honours in Art History at the University of Naples Federico II with a thesis on the origins of folk jazz. He spent several months in Holland as an associate student on an Erasmus Scholarship, attending the courses of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2006 he moved to Rome to take the MA in Musicology focusing on non-European musical traditions. In 2010 he spent several months on field research in Uttar Pradesh (North India), studying some living oral epic traditions. In 2011 he graduated with honours in Musicology at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a thesis on Lorikāyan oral epic tradition.
In 2011 he started his training in musical instrument-making following the course La via dei Leutari. He completed his apprenticeship in some of the most renowned Roman violin workshops, learning construction and restoration techniques for the bowed and plucked instruments. He developed a specific interest in making early instruments and at the end of the apprenticeship received the title of Master Luthier.
In 2014/2015 he moved to Cremona to follow an advanced course on the setup of bowed musical instruments at the Antonio Stradivari Institute of Higher Education. There he improved his knowledge of acoustical physics and materials technology with Professors A. Sarti (Politecnico di Milano) and M. Malagodi (University of Pavia), directors of the laboratories of the Violin Museum of Cremona. He also closely studied the technique of ‘Cremonese’ forma interna construction of the present-day modern quartet under the direction of Maestro Luca Primon with an internship in the workshop of Maestro Alessandro Voltini.
Currently he is preparing for a PhD in Music at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a research project on the historical evolution of the setup of bowed instruments.
From 2013 he has been working as a professional luthier. In 2015, with the ‘Musicantica’ enterprise project, he won the competition ‘Cultural and Creative Activities,’ awarded with financial support from the European Social Fund for his innovative contribution to the advancement of the art of instrument-making.