Fernando Salvatore Lima was born in Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal. As a young man he showed a special gift for music and art in general and his manual skill was already clearly apparent. He crafted his first instrument as he was only 16 and since then he always sought to develop his knowledge of the art of new instrument making and restoration. In order to learn the most sophisticated restoration techniques, he attended various restoration workshops over the years and dedicated himself to the restoration of prestigious instruments. He travelled to Italy, Germany and England to deepen his knowledge of this precious centuries-old art. His dedication allowed him to seize the essence of the great Italian masters’ crafting art, in particular the Cremonese ones. His passion for quality lutherie eventually led him to Cremona, where he received a diploma as a Master Violin Maker from the Antonio Stradivari School. He opened his own workshop in Piazza Roma 8, where he currently works. His determination to achieve a sound similar to that of Guarneri del Gesù, enabled him to buid excellent sounding instruments, which are greatly appreciated by accomplished musicians throughout the world. Today he crafts copies of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù instruments, following the great Cremones masters’ traditional crafting methods. He works with passion and dedication in order to make the highest quality instruments with the finest sound and exquisite beauty.