5 Exceptional Violin Makers to Watch

5 of the Finest Violin Makers Working Today. Find Out Who They Are What Sets Their Violins Apart!

We’ve compiled a list of 5 young luthiers to watch out for. These include some established violin makers as well as some who are still making a name for themselves.

What they all have in common is their incredible workmanship and dedication to their craft.

The quality of the instruments is exceptional and as the instruments age, they are only getting better.

  • Daniele Tonarelli
  • Benedicte Friedmann
  • Gonzalo Bayolo
  • Ulf Kloo
  • Marco Cargnelutti

Daniele Tonarelli

Daniele Tonarelli is one of the most established makers in Cremona, Italy. Working with his young and talented assistant Davide Pizzolato, he makes violins of the highest quality, in terms of sound and craftsmanship.

He makes models ranging from Stradivari to Guarneri and Guadagnini.

He treats every violin with attention and care resulting in all of his instruments being of exceptional quality.

A particularity of his sound is that it will easily project while maintaining an elegance and beauty reminiscent of the old masters.

They are highly regarded all over the world and are favoured by some of today’s young soloists.

Here's an example of Daniele's work

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2020 Violin By Daniele Tonarelli - Available at MyLuthier

Benedicte Friedmann

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Master violin maker Benedicte Friedmann is a very talented young violin maker in Cremona. She is highly sought-after and is very rapidly gaining recognition in the violin making world.

She is known for Guadagnini models and for good reason. Her examples are some of the most beautiful violins we’ve ever seen.

Her sense of artistry and aesthetic comes across with every violin she makes.

Here's an example of Benedicte's work

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2019 Violin By Benedicte Friedmann - Guadagnini Model

Gonzalo Bayolo

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One of the most talented craftsmen in the world, Gonzalo Bayolo is producing some of the best instruments we’ve ever seen.

His violins are extremely versatile and have been used in every possible setting from concerto playing to chamber music and orchestral.

Although they are very powerful and have a robust sound, they all have their own unique character.

Without a doubt, Gonzalo is a violin maker to watch and we believe he has a very promising career ahead of him.

Here's an example of Gonzalo's work

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A 2017 Guarneri Model Violin by Gonzalo Bayolo

Ulf Kloo

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Violin maker Ulf Kloo was born in Sweden but currently works in the south of France.

When making, he combines elegance and creativity to make stunning instruments of very high calibre. His instruments sound fantastic, have incredible depth and outstanding projection.

His instruments have been exhibited at the Triennale in Cremona 1997 and 2009, at the Royal Academy of Music in London 2004, the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris 2011 and Violas 2012 at the Conservatory of Paris.

Here's an example of Ulf's work

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2017 Violin by Ulf Kloo Op. 66

Marco Cargnelutti

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Marco Cargnelutti is a very promising young violin maker in Italy today. Inspiring himself from Cremonese masters both old and new, he crafts some of the most outstanding instruments we’ve seen.

He is based outside Cremona, in the town of Gemona del Friuli near Venice. From there he builds wonderful sounding violins, violas and cellos. Their sound is warm and powerful and the craftsmanship is reminiscent of the great Davide Sora both in color and technique.

He will no doubt have a stellar path building instruments and we expect to hear more of him in the coming years.

Here's an example of Marco's work

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2020 Violin by Marco Cargnelutti

Final thoughts

Many musicians are opting for modern instruments nowadays not only for their cost but also for the opportunity to own a great instrument.

For this reason, instruments by these makers are gaining recognition worldwide but particularly in the UK.

Played on by young soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players, it’s this versatility that is making them universally liked among musicians.

Makers' websites:

About MyLuthier

MyLuthier was started by two friends while they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The idea was to provide musicians with the best instruments at a price they can afford.

We travelled Europe in search for exceptional violin makers and we’re proud of our selection and the partnerships we’ve developed.
This means that all of our instruments are rigorously tested and we approach them from a musician’s perspective.

Without a doubt, contemporary instruments are one of the best options for today’s musicians.

About the Author

Ariel Lang is a Violinist and one of the Co-Founders of MyLuthier.co. He studied with Jack Liebeck at the Royal Academy of Music. As a freelance musician, he focuses on performing with small chamber ensembles such as the United Strings of Europe and O/Modernt.

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