The son of Frank Mirabella, a classical musician, lead designer and draftsman for Grumman and the space program and Johanna Mirabella, a medical nurse. Cristian's passion for guitar started with classical lessons at the early age of five.
By the age of eleven he had begun an apprenticeship in the construction and restoration of fine stringed instruments. It was during this time, the early 1980s, that Cristian would be exposed and heavily influenced, first hand by the talents and traditions of the New York builders, most notably Jimmy D'Aquisto.
The apprenticeship would last nearly fifteen years and would later recognise Cristian as one of, if not the last guitar maker of the new generation of builders to have been schooled in this traditional form of luthier education. However, it was with a natural progression towards independence and the desire to offer his clients the best of his work, that Cristian opened Mirabella Guitars and Restorations in the autumn of 1997.
Today, with nearly 34 years of experience, Cristian Mirabella is considered one of the premier Archtop builders of the new generation of luthiers. He is also credited with being the top restorer of D'Angelico, D'Aquisto and golden era Archtop Gibson instruments.
Mirabella Guitars continues the New York Tradition and style of building from which Cristian was raised and is now recognized as being the forth generation of. However this does not stop Mirabella from incorporating his own innovative ideas and designs to his instruments. And it's this balance, as well as a balance of visual art and acoustic science that is reflected in each of the instruments Cristian Mirabella creates.
"It is my hope to inspire players, pay homage to great builders of the past, create instruments flawless in their construction and design, and leave a lasting and meaningful contribution to the art of instrument making."