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Contemporary violin makers: the modern artisans


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


The history of violin making has brought forth several great masters, 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 luthiers, and this standard can hold its own against that of the golden days.

Nowadays, younger generations of contemporary 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.

Christoph Götting, contemporary master violin

Christoph Götting, contemporary master violin

Provenance: Michelmersh
Maker: Christoph Götting
L.O.B.: 35.5
Year: 2012

Marcus Klimke viola

Marcus Klimke, contemporary elite master viola

Provenance: Chicago/Angers
Maker: Marcus Klimke
L.O.B.: 41.0
Year: 1995/1996

Contemporary Cremonese master violin, Daniele Scolari

Provenance: Cremona
Maker: Daniele Scolari
L.O.B.: 35.3
Year: 2003




Contemporary violin makers

Marcus Klimke, Luthier, Trelaze, FR [Portrait]
Christoph Götting, master violin and viola maker, Wiesbaden, DE [Portrait]
Daniele Scolari, maestro liutaio, Cremona, IT [Portrait]
Stephan von Baehr, Luthier, Paris, FR [Portrait]
Jan B. Špidlen, violin maker, Prague, CZ [Portrait]
Roberto Regazzi, liutaio, Bologna, IT
Frank Ravatin, luthier, Vannes, FR
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, Treviso, IT
Giorgio Grisales, Liutaio, Cremona, IT
Cristiano Ferrazzi, Liutaio, Verona, IT
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


New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Christoph Götting, contemporary elite master violin
  • Lothar Seifert, German master violin bow, silver
  • English master violin no. 50 by George Hudson
  • Old Czech violin full of character, made in the Italian style, c.1900
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Contemporary Italian violin, Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • NEW SOUND SAMPLE: Contemporary Italian master violin, Virgilio Cremonini, 2012
  • 3/4 - German student violin, Saxony, 1950ies
  • Good Schönbach viola, Ferdinand Fischer, 1935
  • Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine Neapolitanian violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • Old French violin, J.T.L. - Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
  • Markneukirchen violin by Meinel & Herold, "Künstler-Violine Nr. 20", Guarnerius model
  • Interesting modern violin by Beare & Son, Beijing 1995
  • Albert Nürnberger: Powerful silver mounted violin bow
  • Charles Louis Bazin: fine and powerful French cello bow (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
  • Giulio Cesare Gigli, fine 18th century Italian violin, approx. 1760 (certificate Etienne Vatelot)
  • Eugène Nicolas Sartory, Fine French violin bow (certificate J.F. Raffin)
  • Fine French violin bow, for Paul Serdet
  • Fine violin of the Thir circle / school, approx. 1750 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • Fine Czech master violin after Guarneri, Schönbach, 1920
  • H. Emile Blondelet, old French violin, No. 235
  • Violin by Karl Höfner, Bubenreuth, 1960's
  • Magnificent French violin, François Caussin, Neufchateau approx. 1850 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Eckart Richter, fine contemporary master violin from Markneukirchen, 1995