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Salvi History

The first Salvi harp was assembled and designed in a small New York workshop in 1955. At the time Victor Salvi was already a well - established harpist, playing for the New York Philharmonic and the NBC Orchestra under the conduction of Maestro Arturo Toscanini. Victor's family came from Viggiano, a small town in the South of Italy renowned for the construction of the harps. Victor was born in Chicago right after the family emigrated from Italy, fleeing World War I. He learned to play the harp under the tutelage of his sister Aida, the harpist of the Chicago Opera House and a well- known composer at the time. Also, he was drawn into this instrument due to his father, (an instrument maker) and brother Alberto who was declared by the celebrated Nicanor Zabaleta as the "greatest harpist of all time."


  In 1955 Victor Salvi saw his childhood dreams come true when he joined two of his family passions: the harp and the creation of instruments. The first Salvi prototype was created by Victor with the help of various craftsmen. They set themselves the task of building a unique instrument, capable of surpassing any other harp that had been build until the moment and which could show the greeatest achievements in sound quality. Victor had spent years studying new methods and techniques to improve the Harp and his theories proved right when the prototype came into being. Two years later, Victor returned to the land of his family to build a factory where he and his fellow craftsmen could dedicate themselves entirely to the manufacturing of harps. Soon renowned harpists were visiting the Factory in the beautiful Villa Maria, near Genoa. They were intrigued by rumors about the Salvi revolutionary harp and travelled to find a masterpiece. Many of these harpists still perform with their original Salvi harps.


The Salvi harp established itself in the music world as an instrument of superior sound and reliability since its very outset. An increasing demand from different harpists throughout the world encouraged Victor to enlarge the factory and relocate. The Salvi workshop moved to Piasco, a village nestled in the rolling hills of northern Italy. This region has a tradition of wood working that dates back to the middle ages. Victor saw the benefits of such tradition in his art and brought locals in to enrich his line of assembly. To this day each harp continues to be made by these highly trained craftsmen, each instrument individually sculpted by their gracious hands. Salvi harps was the result of the passion of a great musician and to this day is still run and managed with the same enthusiasm that led Victor Salvi to create the first harp in the 1950s. THis same passion keeps guiding the creativity and quality of Salvi harps which encourages artisans and researchers to work side by side in unifying tradition and technology in order to create harps of a unique kind.


  Master craftsmen at the Salvi Harp Workshop, nestled in the hills of the picturesque Italian countryside, take great pride in individually handcrafting each instrument. It is under these craftsmen's watchful eyes, that each harp is built with the strictest quality control standards from only the finest woods. Spruce is hand-selected from the tone-rich forests of Europe, the same forests from which the world's greatest violins have been produced, and solid White Maple from the lush forests of Upper Michigan is chosen for its stability and resilience. These woods are crafted into an instrument of great beauty, whose very composition is inspired by the music of the harp. From the magnificent wood inlay on the Arianna to the sculpted column of the Scolpita, Salvi harps has continually departed from the traditional designs of the period, always striving to evolve the art form.


  It was a passionate commitment to the improvement of his art that drove the young harpist, Victor Salvi, to build his first harp in 1954. Today, this same commitment serves as the foundation for Salvi Harps, where craftsmen and engineers work side by side, devoted to the integration of the time-honored tradition of old-world craftsmanship with the continuing technological advancements of the 20th century. This marriage of science and art has resulted in a truly superior instrument, an exquisite harp whose deep, rich, melodic tone resonates throughout concert halls and practice rooms around the world.


  It is this continual quest for perfection in design and construction that has resulted in an instrument of brilliant expression, producing perfect half-tones and precise pitch, an instrument worthy of the performers for whom it is created. It is with these instruments that Salvi Harps extends our commitment to the future advancement of the performers for whom it is created. It is with these instruments that Salvi Harps extends our commitment to the future advancement of the harp. For every music lover, young student, or professional, we stand behind this commitment in our unwavering support of the fine art of harp performance. From sponsoring master-classes and competitions throughout the world, to commissioning outstanding new works for the harp, Salvi Harps truly offers each harpist the tools through which beautiful music may be created. The quest for evolution, combined with years of research and development, has placed Salvi Harps at the forefront of innovative harp design. Intensive research on the mechanics of the harp led to the introduction that utilizes specially engineered nylon bushings and double bearing surfaces to reduce friction within the harp, thus, allowing the pedals to move freely with the action, in one silent, fluid motion. Salvi strove to further improve the performance capabilities of the harp through the invention of a high-grade laminated neck. The resilience of this laminated neck adds structural resistance to the pull of the strings, safeguarding the harp against any damage to the neck while at the same time, sustaining its intonation.  











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