At the same time he took part in major competitions and was awarded prizes and commendations at international events at Bagnacavallo, Baveno and the prestigious “Triennial” in Cremona.
In 1994, Stefano judged himself ready to face the task of working independently as a violinmaker and so left his father’s workshop and opened his own, with the Villa brothers, on a side street behind the Cathedral of Cremona.
The instruments of Stefano Conia, which are appreciated by musicians of international fame, are especially noted for their excellent workmanship, the perfect balance of shapes and geometry, and the careful research of materials, similarly the elegant veining on the base and sides, embellished by a warm golden orange-brown varnish.
Excellent acoustic expansion and the penetration of a clear, powerful and balanced sound, across the whole range and extraordinary quickness to produce sound heighten the noble lavish character of these instruments. “
– Consorzio Liutai Antonio Stradivari Cremona