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There is no exact date when the violin was invented ,but the story goes that the violin was invented in northern Italy during the 16th century. Andrea Amati (1511-1577), an Italian that lived during this time, was the inventor of the violin. He was commissioned by the French king Charles IX to create these instruments.
Knowledge of violin making continued to pass through the Amati family for several generations. Eventually, the highly prized and secret method for creating violins found its way to two men: Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) and Andrea Guarneri (1626-1698). Violins made by Stradivari and the Guarneri family still exist today and are some of the most expensive and most highly prized violins.