This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
I grew up in a musical family in Düsseldorf, Germany. I trained at, and graduated from, the Newark School of Violin Making. My work as a maker and restorer and freelance cellist has taken me to England, Hong Kong, Canada and the US. I have worked in a number of violin shops as well as independently, and have taught the violin making class at the Violin Repair Program in Red Wing, MN.
While my focus is on attaining excellence in all I do, the social aspect of lutherie is very important to me. I helped to get the US chapter of Luthiers sans Frontières out of the starting blocks, and have since served as its president. Additionally, I have been organizing monthly meetings of Minnesota luthiers since 2013, and co-hosted an exhibition of contemporary Minnesota violin and bow makers’ work in 2019. I also serve on the advisory board of the Violin Repair Program in Red Wing.
I am a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers as well as the VSA, and have attended the Violin Makers’ Workshop in Oberlin, OH, a number of times.
When not in my studio making and restoring instruments, I can be found upside down on my yoga mat, digging in my garden, or lugging my cello all over the great state of Minnesota to perform with different area ensembles.