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Contemporary violin makers and master violin makers

An overview of contemporary violin makers: information on the life and work of today's outstanding violin makers.


Great violin makers and master violin makers have been brought forth by history of violin making, all of whom established traditions and set standards which are still valid in our time. Examining the legacy of these brilliant craftsmen is rightfully a major aspect of what contemporary violin makers study, and nearly every master working today would agree that the major fundamentals of the art were defined generations ago.

Nevertheless, many contemporary violin makers feel as if they are overshadowed by their famous predecessors, and as a matter of fact people’s fascination with historic masterpieces can make it difficult to appreciate the outstanding achievements of our times. But we do not need any dubious blind tests which pair off historic Italian violins against contemporary instruments to understand that we live in a time of abundance. Our day and age may not be as strongly characterized by trail-blazing innovations, but there is still a high standard of artisanry amongst violin makers, and this standard can hold its own against that of the golden days.

Nowadays, contemporary violin makers and younger generations of violin makers are much more unguarded and stay in open contact with their colleagues, and everyone benefits from the resulting exchange of ideas. In this overview of new artists in the field of violin-making, we have listed contemporary masters who have come to our attention because of their solid approach, their distinctive profile and of course the excellent quality of their work. It goes without saying that this list cannot be considered comprehensive.

Cristiano Ferrazzi violin

Contemporary violin by Cristiano Ferrazzi

Inventory No.: 5090
Provenance: Verona
Length of back: 35.6
Year: 2001

Violin table: Modern Italian violin: Lorenzo Bergonzi, Mantova, 1992

Contemporary Italian violin, Lorenzo Bergonzi

Inventory No.: 5043
Provenance: Mantova
Length of back: 35.3
Year: 1992

Christoph Götting, contemporary violin - top view

Christoph Götting, contemporary elite violin

Inventory No.: A104
Provenance: Michelmersh
Length of back: 35.5
Year: 2010


Selected contemporary violin makers

Marcus Klimke, Luthier, Trelaze, France [Portrait]
Christoph Götting, master violin and viola maker, Wiesbaden, Germany [Portrait]
Daniele Scolari, maestro liutaio, Cremona, Italy [Portrait]
Stephan von Baehr, Luthier, Paris, France [Portrait]
Jan B. Špidlen, violin maker, Prague, Czech Republic [Portrait]
Roberto Regazzi, liutaio, Bologna, Italy
Frank Ravatin, luthier, Vannes, France
Cristiano Ferrazzi, Violin maker, Verona, Italy
Alessandro Ciciliati, liutaio, Italy
Patrick Robin luthier, violin maker, Angers, FR [Portrait]
Joseph Curtin, violin maker, Ann Arbor, USA
Samuel Zygmuntowicz, violin maker, New York, USA [Portrait]
Jacques Francais, Jacques Francais Rare Violins Inc., New York, USA
Hans Nebel, violin maker, restorer, New Jersey, USA
Andreas Hudelmayer, violin maker, fine new instruments, London, UK
John Dilworth, Violin Viola & Cello Maker & Restorer, Oxford, UK
Roger Hargrave, violin maker, London, UK
Franco Simeoni, Liuitaio, Violin maker, Treviso, Italy
Giorgio Grisales, Liutaio, Cremona, Italy
Christopher Rowe and Elspeth Rowe, violin and viola makers, Welwyn, Herts, UK
David Munro, violin maker, Romsey, UK
Tibor Szemmelveisz, violin maker & restorer, London, UK
Christoph Germain, violin maker, Philadelphia, USA
Christoph Landon, expert and violin maker, New York, USA
Peter Paul Prier, violin maker, Prier & Sons, Salt Lake City, USA
David Burgess, violin maker, Ann Arbor, USA
Benoit Rolland, bow maker, Boston, USA
Michael Darnton, violin maker, Chicago, USA
Andrew Ryan, violin maker, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Joseph Curtin, violin maker, Ann Arbor, USA


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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Interesting antique Czech master violin. Probably Prague, 1880's
  • Old German violin. c.1900, with a warm, large sound
  • Italian violin, Naples, late 19th century
  • Attractive old Czech violin, 1930's (certificate Löbner)
  • Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • German student violin after Guarneri, from Markneukirchen
  • Older Mittenwald violin, 1960's
  • Antique French 3/4 violin with a strong tone - J.T.L.
  • Handsome old German violin. "Conservatory violin", approx. 1920
  • SALE Older English violin, made in the 1940's - warm, golden tone
  • Old Czech violin full of character, made in the Italian style, c.1910
  • Alfred Knoll viola bow. Silver mounted, a strong player
  • SALE Raffaele Calace, Italian Neapolitanian violin, 1916 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • 1/4 - Fine French 1/4 violin bow. Morizot Frères (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • SALE Fine Neuner & Hornsteiner 3/4 violin, Mittenwald, c.1850
  • Old Mittenwald violin, J. A. Baader, No. 4908
  • Excellent silver mounted violin bow, stamped Felix Martin
  • Fine master violin bow by C.A. Hoyer, Markneukirchen
  • Excellent German violin bow after Lupot, approx. 1940
  • SALE 1920's German violin by Otto Ebner, Augsburg
  • SALE Claude A. Thomassin, fine French violin bow (certificate J. F. Raffin)
  • French Richelme violin No. 23, Marseille 1869 - collector's piece
  • Contemporary Italian violin, Virgilio Cremonini, 2012
  • German master violin, Otto Gläsel, Gelsenkirchen