The Maestro Sacconi
in the testimony of the cellist
Pierre Fournier

  Thessaloniki, Greece, January 21, 1984

I, Pierre Fournier, am deeply moved to evoke the few contacts I had in New York with Simone Fernando Sacconi at the beginning of my career of cellist soloist in the U.S.A.

I knew, long time ago, the reputation of Simone Sacconi as the great violinmaker and restorer in New York, but since we met personally, all along my numerous concert tours in the U.S. I was proud to have joined the great number of his friends who respected his high knowledge of string instruments and his profound insurpassable artistry when he had to restore the greatest violins, violas and cellos in the world.

He has been a great master with the ever increased young liutai who have been working, inspired under his direction and supervision and he has ever been more and more «the irremplacable».

I am also moved to have known his devoted wife, Mrs. Teresita Sacconi, who was bringing warmth and friendship to those world instrumentalists who were, all of them, at home, when meeting or visiting this such an unforgettable couple.

Thessaloniki, Greece, January 21, 1984

Taken from the book: «From Violinmaking to Music: The Life and Works of Simone Fernando Sacconi», presented on December 17, 1985 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (Cremona, ACLAP, first edition 1985, second edition 1986, page 204 - Italian / English).