Ugo Casiglia, a musician himself, studied piano and organ at the Palermo conservatory and at the Musikhochschule in Munich.
His innate dexterity and curiosity led him to attend short courses and prestigious workshops across Europe. He thus opened his own atelier in 1985 – the first in southern Italy – devoted to the construction of historical keyboard instruments. This endeavour began at a time when, in the Peninsula, there was a growing interest in historically informed performances.
Care in the selection of materials and the use of the harpsichord makers’ old techniques results in products of the highest quality, which have led him to an international success. The ongoing and in-depth study of the originals and their technology has enticed him to also undertake conservation and restoration projects. His rigor and perfectionism have secured prestigious commissions and allowed him to achieve great goals.
Ugo Casiglia’s atelier is in the small town of Cinisi, immersed in the greenery of the Gulf of Castellammare, near Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino International Airport. The instrument making takes place in the company’s main building. Once completed, the instruments are then housed in the adjacent showroom, which is also used for concerts, teaching and record productions. Timber and the many original exemplars acquired over the years are stored in the warehouses nearby.
Ugo casiglia – antichi strumenti da tasto
L’atelier di Ugo Casiglia è situato in prossimità del piccolo comune di Cinisi da cui dipende la gestione dell’aeroporto internazionale Falcone – Borsellino di Palermo. Immerso nel verde del golfo di Castellammare il corpo principale dell’azienda si occupa della fase realizzativa degli strumenti che poi vengono ospitati nello showroom contiguo, finalizzato ad attività concertistiche, didattiche e di produzione discografica. Un altro ampio spazio situato nelle vicinanze ospita lo stoccaggio del legno e numerosi originali storici acquisiti negli anni.