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Viola and Bow Makers - Center Stage!

Sunday, April 15, 2012
from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave. (16th Floor), NYC
(Between 36th & 37th Sts.)
16th floor - Rooms, O, P, and Q

I.D. required to enter building

Free Admission

The New York Viola Society cordially invites you to join us on April 15, 2012 when we will host some of the finest instrument and bow makers on the East Coast. You will be able to try violas and viola bows in the spacious atmosphere of the Ripley-Grier Studios and the makers will be available to assist you as you explore.

A List of Our Exhibitors, with Contact and Biographical Information:

Ron Fletcher

14 Lattin Drive
Yonkers, New York 10705
Telephone: (914) 965-1601

Robert Isley Violins

44 Purchase Lane
Rye, New York 10580-1817
Telephone: (914) 921-1075

Robert Isley is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and attended East Carolina University where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin. After college he attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah graduating in 1985. After two years of working in the Amati Violin Shop of Houston, Texas he moved to Westchester County, New York where he currently runs his own shop in Rye. In 1986, 1990 and 1992 he won Certificates of Merit for viola tone at the international competitions held by The Violin Society of America. He is a past member of the board and treasurer for the New York Viola Society and is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers.

For a nice article about Bob, one of our founding members and long-time Treasurer of NYVS, click here.

Geoffrey Ovington

148 Stanton Road
Shushan, NY 12873 USA
Telephone: (518) 854-3648

Guy Rabut - Violin Maker

Guy Rabut - Violin Maker
251 West 93rd Street #2D
New York, NY 10025
Phone 212-414-9398
Website -
Email -

Guy Rabut studied violin making at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah where he graduated in 1978. For the next five years Mr. Rabut worked for the prestigious firm of Jacques Français in New York City under Master restorer René Morel. During this time He had the opportunity to study and restore many of the finest classic Italian instruments in the world.

In 1984, Mr. Rabut established his own shop in New York City, dividing his time between making and restoring instruments. With the opening of a workshop in Carnegie Hall in 1992, he began to focus exclusively on creating new violins, violas, and cellos. This concentration on making new violins, violas, and cellos continues today in his current workshop in the upper west side of Manhattan. Members of The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, numerous professional chamber musicians, and gifted students are among those who have acquired Mr. Rabut’s instruments over the years.

In addition to his activities in the workshop Guy Rabut has also been invited to serve on the jury of the international violin making competition for the Violin Society of America and to lecture at the Juilliard School in New York and at violin making workshops in England and Italy. Mr. Rabut is a longtime member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.

Charles Rufino Instrument Maker

Handmade Concert Instruments
293 Central Park West, Suite 5A
New York, New York 10024-3066
Telephone: (212) 581-6226

To read an interesting article by Charles Rufino, please visit:

Charles Rufino, born in New York in 1952, has been immersed in the art of the violin since 1974. His apprenticeship at the Newark School of Violin Making in England included periods of study at the great London workshops of J.&A. Beare, and W.E. Hill & Sons.

He returned to New York in 1977 for further training in violin making and restoration under V.Y. "Nigo" Nigogosian. In 1980 he traveled to Chicago to begin a four year association with Carl Becker & Son of Chicago, personally assisting Mr. Becker in the creation of a number of Becker instruments.

In 1984 Charles Rufino opened his own studio in New York making violins, violas, and cellos and working actively with leading musicians. Today his instruments are played in orchestras across the United States, from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to the Santa Barbara Symphony. You can learn more by visiting the website dedicated to his work:

His extensive studies of traditional violin making and related cultural topics have given him a unique perspective and Mr. Rufino is an active teacher, lecturer and consultant. In 1986 he helped Nigo Nigogosian establish the now world-famous Oberlin Restoration Workshop and was the staff lecturer. Charles Rufino has delighted audiences for years with his witty and enlightening illustrated lectures, including his Art and Lore of the Violin, a journey through time and cultural history. One of his more recent projects was an invitation by the Yamaha Corporation to assist in the design and development of a new violin.

Charles Rufino has a strong commitment to education. In 1995 he established The Long Island Violin Shop to share his expertise with string teachers and their students. He is a longtime member or the String Industry Council of the American String Teachers Association.

Charles Rufino was elected to full membership in the American Federation of Violin Makers in 1989 and the International Society of Violin and Bow Makers in 1994, among numerous other professional affiliations. Mr. Rufino is a longtime resident of Huntington, New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing the viola in a community orchestra so that, like Bach, he can be "in the middle of the harmony."

For regular updates on Charles Rufino visit his blog.

Steve Salchow, Bowmaker

244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
New York, New York 10019
Telephone: (212) 586- 4805

Steve Salchow began making bows in 1995 under the tutelage of his father, William Salchow, and has worked in the family shop making and repairing bows ever since. He has been attending the bowmaking workshop every summer at Oberlin College, where bowmakers from around the world meet to make bows and exchange ideas together. He likes to copy the bows of the old masters, including Tourte, Peccatte, Persoit, Dodd, and Pajeot. When not making bows, he enjoys an active life as an amateur violist. Steve has made bows for some of the world's finest musicians, including Steven Tenenbom, Timothy Eddy, Jaime Laredo, Kazuhide Isomura, and last but not least, himself.

William Salchow, Bowmaker

Born Detroit, MI long ago. Studied cello at Juilliard, 1959, Fulbright grant to study bow making in Mirecourt, France with Georges Barjonnet. Further study with Jean-Jacques Millant, 1965. I will be showing two viola bows.

David Segal Violins, Ltd.

74 W. 68th St., #1C
New York, New York 10023
Telephone: 212 769-4559

Sullivan Violins - Kenneth Sullivan

120 East Ave., Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14604
Telephone: 212 769-4559

Ken Sullivan is a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making and a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. He is also a member of the board of the Violin Society of America. His hand-made instruments are of the highest quality sound producers among modern makers. His instruments have won four awards for tone at the Violin Society of America's international competition. Ken Sullivan owns and operates Sullivan Violins, a full service bowed instrument shop based in Rochester NY. Sullivan Violins provides professional and amateur string players, students, and teachers with a wide selection of instruments for sale as well as expert repairs and restoration services.

Ken’s experience includes a decade of experience as a primary repair and restoration expert for one of the finest violin shops on the East Coast. He has operated his own studio in upstate New York between 1994 and 2000 and in Phoenix, Arizona between 2001 and 2005 prior to opening Sullivan Violins in 2006.

Alexander Tulchinsky Violins

Alexander Tulchinsky Violins
35 Marks Road Riverside, CT 06878
(203) 698-7844

Alexander Tulchinsky was born in Russia and received a Master's Degree in Viola performance from the Byelorussian Conservatory. After coming to the United States, he studied violin making at various workshops, including the prestigious Oberlin Violin Makers workshop, and has collaborated with several different makers. He combines his background as a professional performer with over 30 years of experience making fine violins and violas, and has received a certificate of merit for Viola Tone at the Thirteenth International Competition of The Violin Society of America and a Silver Medal for the Violin Tone at the Fourteenth. To this date, Alexander has made more than 150 instruments played by musicians all over the world.

Jason Viseltear, Violin Maker

131 Essex St. #3
New York, New York 10002
Telephone: (212) 473-1937

Jason Viseltear - Maker of violins, violas, and cellos, contemporary and period.
Jason will have three different viola models available for trial: a 16.25" model after Maggini; and two models after da Salo, one 15.75" and one 16.5"
Advance inquiries can be directed to the maker at the number above.

Lukas Wronski

See David Segal Violins, above, for shop address

Cell: (+1) 646-479-7842
Email :

Jerzy Wykpisz


c/o Reed Yeboah Fine Violins, LLC
1776 Broadway, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10019-2002
(866) 690-8060

Born in Poland in 1966, I came to the United States in 1991 to pursue violinmaking. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many fine and established makers including 10 years with Moes & Moes. Since 2006, I have been associated with Julie Reed Yeboah in New York City.

My passion for violin making has only increased over time and most of my free time is spent in the workshop designing and building my next violin or viola. It is always a pleasure for me to present my instruments to musicians and I am very honored that many are now in the hands of soloists, members of international string quartets, and other fine musicians.

Instrument Dealers who will be Joining Us and Exhibiting on April 15th:

Long Island Violin Shop

See Charles Rufino, above, for more information.

Fine Affordable Instruments for Purchase or Rental, Strings and Accessories
8 Elm Street
Huntington , NY 11743-3402
Telephone: (631) 427-3569

To go directly to a page chock full of free information useful to musicians please visit:

Rozanna's Violins

Rozanna’s Violins is the realization of our lifelong dream and passion to create instruments and accessories that contribute to the artistic palette of string players in the 21st century. The company's signature line, Designer Violins, were created to inspire delight and creativity in students and to provide the perfect tools for the modern string player. We distribute affordable student instruments, and keep well stocked in the most popular viola cases including BAM and Tonarelli as well as the latest in trends for players. Our aim is to bring quality and affordability to all our customers.

Rozanna Weinberger
Founder, Rozanna's Violins
Arabesque Recordings, Recording Artist
Adjunct Teacher, Hunter College
Rozanna's Violins / 877-464-5927

Additional Viola and Bow Makers, Repairers and Dealers - Members and Friends of NYVS

Although they will not be able to attend this event, we thank the following for their support of NYVS.

Sam Ash Music

Visit their website: for more information and store locations.

Andrea Hoffman-Simmel

New York City: Call (212) 662-8355 for an appointment, December to May
Western Massachusetts: Call (413) 634-2265 for an appointment, June to November


Born in Konstanz, a medieval town in Germany bordering Switzerland, Andrea made her first violin in the shop of J. v. Stietencron. She studied at the violin making school in Mittenwald, then came to New York with Stephen McGhee. She worked at "Jacques Francais Rare Violins" under Rene Morel, and in the shops of Carlos Arcieri and William Salchow. Andrea makes violins and violas in Cummington, MA from May to November. You can try her instruments by appointment in New York from December to April. She regrets to be away for this exhibit, and wishes a good time to all!

Andrea has received a Silver medal for Tone from the VSA (Violin Society of America), also two awards in Germany. She is a member of the AFVBM (American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers)

Johnson String Instruments

Visit their website: for more information and store locations.

Ira B. Kraemer & Co Fine Violins

Rare and Finer String Instruments, Hand built reproductions of the Erdesz "Cut Away" Viola
Hours by Appointment
467 Grant Avenue
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076
908 322-4469
Web site:

Nelle Doak O'Neill, Luthier

Specializing in fine, handmade Violas in the Italian tradition
By appointment.
Telephone: (775) 267-3495

P. & H. Perret, Ltd.

33 Leslie Lane
Katonah, NY 10536
Telephone: 914 232-0896

Sandra Robbins: Fine Stringed Instruments and Bows

Specializing in Violas and Viola Bows

420 South Riverside Ave. Box 284
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 262-4068 telephone
(914) 271-5564 fax

David Wiebe, Violinmaker

2290 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, New York  12498
Telephone: (845) 679-4453


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