There is a special relationship between a luthier and the musicians they work with. Both are artists who love music and the instruments in its service. I started to learn about bow and violin making while I was finishing my bachelors for double bass performance at Manhattan School of Music. Being in New York offered me the opportunity to look over the shoulders of some of the finest craftsman in the industry. After serving short apprenticeships with Yung Chin and David Gage I moved to Boston and attended the Violin Making Program at the North Bennett Street School. While I was in Boston I also worked for Reuning & Son Violins. Now I have settled down in Chicago to create my own violin making studio.
In January of 2006, while continuing to perform and record music, I opened my own violin making studio at the ACME Arts Building in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Here I construct violins to the standards of violin making created by Antonio Stradivari and other Italian masters. All my violins are hand crafted considering the needs of the modern performer. If you have any questions, would like to visit the workshop or arrange a trial feel free to call or send me an email.
In February of 2007 I started our WORRY FREE RENTAL PROGRAM. I realized that there was a need in the community for smaller size instruments to learn on that were easy to play and affordable. Each rental has be individually inspected and set- up to assist young musicians in their learning.