Daniel Zucali

It is not about giving life more days, but rather give the days more life.

Cicely Saunders 1918 - 2005

In 1977 I was born in the Bregenzer Wald (Vorarlberg, Austria) as the second child to a musically oriented family. I was surrounded by music from birth. Each of my siblings learned to play an instrument and I chose the flute and the guitar.

During years attended music scool I focussed on the guitar. Because of my special relationship with this instrument I decided after my graduation to take up an apprenticeship at a technical college wich specialized in woodwork.

There I learned so much about the use of different materials and the construction of string instruments.

The world renowned name of Bubenreuth and it’s instrument builders finally lured me to Germany.

This was a good decision as I was able to absorb the abilities which are so important for a luthier. Furthermore I was able to build more knowledge, test it in my work and further refine and perfect my skills.

A sabbatical year in Mexico where I lived, worked and learned different ways of life was a real blessing. I renewend my decision to make a life with the guitar and continued my education with a Master´s degree.

I developed my designs and developed new instruments.

After 17 years of working at my craft, I decided to open my own workshop in order to have the necessary space and time to be develop my own ideas. I also became a proud father for the first time in 2006 and it was time to stand on my own two feet.

Since the opening of my workshop at the beginning of 2008, I have been able to concentrate on design concepts for my own guitars, and to realise my own visions and dreams.

Stations

It does not matter how slowly you goas long as you do not stop.

Confucius (551 - 479 B.C.)

1987-1991
Highschool for music HS12 in Linz Harbach (Austria)

1991-1995
Technical College for woodworks in Hallstadt (Austria)
Graduation as an apprentice in string instrument building

1996-2001
Apprentice at Hanika Luthiers in Baiersdorf (Germany)

2001-2002
Sabbatical in Mexico to learn about the country, its people and culture

2003
Graduated as a Master Luthier and Valedictorian of my class

2003-2007
Master Luthier at Hanika Luthiers in Baiersdorf (Germany)

2008
Opening of my own workshop at the Miedlhof in Strengberg (Austria)

2012
Opening of my new workshop in the city of Haag, Lower Austria

Inspiration

You never should be too busy to have time to ponder over things.

Unknown

Life alone is a well of inspiration for me. Whether during our daily breakfast, listening to music, playing with my children or on my travels – everywhere I find ideas for my work.

New thoughts about how to build a guitar develop from trial and error. The more open and curious I am, the easier inspiration finds me.