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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 violin makers, 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, 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.

Selected 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


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New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Czech 7/8 violin. "Lady's violin", c.1940
  • French "Didelot" violin. Laberte, Mirecourt, 1920's
  • 3/4 - excellent antique French 3/4 violin
  • Antique German violin from Saxony, approx. 1880
  • Antique Bohemian Czech violin,  approx. 1870
  • Contemporary Italian violin from the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Luigi Galimberti, fine Italian violin, Milano 1925 (certificate Eric Blot)
  • SALE: Richard Grünke: Fine contemporary violin bow
  • Fine German master bow, Hermann Prell school
  • Modern violin bow. Bright, radiant tone
  • Contemporary master violin by Bernd Ellinger, 2018
  • 1/2 - Attractive antique French half-sized violin from Mirecourt
  • 3/4 - Fine Mittenwald 3/4 violin. Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1850
  • Rare violin. 19th century France, Maline, circa 1820
  • Fine Italian violin: Milanese, Liuteria Italiana Luigi Mozzani, 1921
  • Antique Mittenwald violin. Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1900
  • Professional violin bow by Carl Albert Nürnberger
  • Fine violin bow by Emil Max Penzel, c.1930
  • Interesting old Czech violin after Ruggeri. Made approx. 1920
  • SALE: Fine Mittenwald violin after Aegidius Kloz, c.1800
  • SALE: Georges Coné: French soloist violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937
  • H.R. Pfretzschner cello bow. Markneukirchen, approx. 1910 / 1920
  • Austrian Violin by Eduard Heidegger, Linz, 1920's
  • Antique violin from Saxony, after Antonio Stradivari, approx. 1880