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Contemporary violin makers and master violin makers

Contemporary violin makers: Information on the life and work of today's outstanding masters.

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 violin makers is rightfully a major aspect of what contemporary violin makers study, and nearly every violin maker 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 of historic Italian violins against contemporary violin makers' 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 nowadays violin makers, and this standard can hold its own against that of the golden days.

Nowadays, 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 violin makers 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 of violin makers cannot be considered comprehensive.


Selected contemporary violin makers

Marcus Klimke, violin maker, Trelaze, France [Portrait]
Christoph Götting, master violin maker and viola maker, Wiesbaden, Germany [Portrait]
Daniele Scolari, maestro liutaio, violin maker, Cremona, Italy [Portrait]
Stephan von Baehr, violin maker, 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., violin maker & restorer, 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, violin maker, 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

Cristiano Ferrazzi, violin maker, Verona, IT Christoph Götting, violin maker, Wiesbaden, DE Giovanni Lazzaro, violin maker, Padova, IT

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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • 19th century Mittenwald violin. Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1860
  • Charles Le Lyonnais, fine French atelier violin, Nantes 1939
  • Antique Saxon master violin - 19th century, c.1870
  • Raffaello Bozzi at Antonio Monzino: Italian violin, 1940's
  • Italian violin, Romedio Muncher, Cremona 1929
  • American violin by W. Wilkanowski, Brooklyn, 1938
  • H. Derazey: Fine French violin from the workshop of Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey
  • Saxonian violin by master luthier Max Heiling
  • Old Markneukirchen violin from Schuster & Co., 1942
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin, probably Schuster & Co.
  • Antique Violin from Saxony, approx. 1870
  • Antique Markneukirchen violin of quality, c.1890
  • Markneukirchen master violin, 1940's
  • German student violin after Stradivari, from Bubenreuth
  • Northern German violin by Richard Berger, Stralsund
  • German violin from Mittenwald, 1970'ies
  • Contemporary master violin by Marc de Sterke
  • Interesting German post-war violin, Hopf workshop, Taunusstein-Wehen
  • Contemporary Italian violin by Giovanni Lazzaro, Padua 1990
  • Fine Mittenwald master violin, c.1740, Sebastian Klotz circle
  • Antique Czech master violin. A fine copy of Johann Georg Thir, c.1900
  • Antique French 3/4 violin. Probably J.T. L.
  • François Fent, a fine historic French viola of the late 18th century (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Marcello Martinenghi, 1949: Fine Italian viola (certificate Eric Blot)