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Gioacchino Pasqualini (Ascoli Piceno, 3rd August 1902 - 19th March 1985)

A violinist, Pasqualini obtained his diploma from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in 1924; only one year later he joined its symphony orchestra. After completing a degree in physics, he taught violin and acoustics at the Rome Conservatory. He was a pupil of Rodolfo Fredi, dean of Roman luthiers. In 1949 he founded ANLAI, with the patronage of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; together, they renewed the tradition of the National Lutherie competitions in Rome.

the Sixties

3rd December 1962 - Inauguration of the new museum site in via Vittoria

On 3rd December 1962 the new museum exhibition site in via Vittoria was inaugurated. Items from the collection newly donated by the academic Gioacchino Pasqualini were displayed for the first time in this exhibition. These consisted of about fifty instruments and various lutherie accessories, along with the collection of ancient and "archaic" instruments the violinist had gathered over the years - thanks to his intense musical, educational, scientific and lutherie-related activities, as well as to the many contacts he had in the environments of sales and collecting.

Pasqualini himself was the person largely responsible for the renewal of Museum activities. Charged with its reorganization in 1960, he managed to reconstruct the Museum's history and to retrieve instruments that had been kept in Conservatory storerooms since it became the Accademia's Conservatory, authorizing restoration of the ones most in disrepair, in view of the exhibition planned for late 1962.

The last public event Pasqualini initiated at the Museum was the exhibition organized in collaboration with the Via del Babuino Association about a year later. A great many of the instruments in the collection were displayed for ten days - from 9-19 October 1963 - in the windows of the antique shops lining the street. A small catalogue, edited by Lucio Del Re, was also published.

Following that exhibition, the instruments were moved to the Via della Conciliazione premises, where they could be seen only upon special request. Museum activity declined considerably, to the point that about twenty years later the idea of ceding the entire collection to the National Museum of Musical Instruments was considered, to "make better use of this remarkable heritage"; the project was subsequently abandoned.