This instrument is featured as part of our 2023 Contemporary American Makers Exhibition and Sale
“Through interaction and consultation with colleagues and musicians it is my goal to create
instruments that are interesting and beautiful, both visually and acoustically, within in the well-
established parameters of the great tradition of violin making.
My ultimate goal is to serve music and the musicians.” -Kenneth Beckmann
Kenneth Beckmann is a violinmaker living in the Kansas City area where he has served the
musical community since opening the Beckmann Violin Shop in 1989.
He was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1956. He was raised in the Chicago area and studied string
bass performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1979 he left school to
begin an apprenticeship in violin making. He studied with and worked for Paul Schuback and
Peter Shaw in Portland, Oregon and Houston, Texas. He was privileged to work closely with V.
Y. Nigogosian at the Oberlin summer restoration workshop in Oberlin, Ohio.
The greatest influence on his work has been his association with Amos Hargrave for over twenty