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David Polstein Atelier violin

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About David Polstein

David Polstein studied violin making with Jonathan Cooper in Portland, Maine, and at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. He worked for the celebrated luthier Arthur Toman for many years, before establishing his own studio in Newton in 1995. Polstein's instruments have won numerous awards in the Violin Society of America's International Competitions, including silver medals for tone in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2012.

Polstein is featured in Between the Notes, Making Art's Cello, a book by luthier James McKean about the collaboration of three luthiers who built a cello in honor of their colleague Arthur Toman.

Polstein is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, and has served as the Secretary of its Board of Governors. He currently serves as an advisor to the violin program at the North Bennet Street School.

About This Violin

This violin is from Polstein's Atelier David Polstein, a line of instruments he began in 2013 to offer string players high-quality American-made instruments at a more affordable price.

Geoffrey Ovington Viola

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About Geoffrey Ovington

American luthier Geoffrey Ovington (b. 1946) has crafted violins, violas, and cellos since 1973. He studied violin making with James Coggin in Manhattan before opening his own studio in upstate New York. His instruments are played by professionals in European and American orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Opera Orchestra of La Scala, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Symphony, among numerous others. In 1991, he was commissioned by the Vienna Philharmonic to make three violas to be played by members of that orchestra. His instruments have won numerous awards, including medals at the Violin Society of America International Competitions, and are highly regarded among professionals and students pursuing professional careers.

Arie Bernard Werbrouck Cello

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About Arie Bernard Werbrouck

Arie Bernard Werbrouck is a Flagstaff, AZ based instrument maker, specializing in fine violins, violas, and cellos. Born in Belgium, he moved to the United States in 1989.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Werbrouck attended New England Conservatory, where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. He later graduated from the North Bennett Street School of Violin Making in Boston, under the instruction of Roman Barnas.

Mr. Werbrouck has worked under such prestigious violin makers as Ray Melanson and Feng Jiang, in addition to serving as assistant instructor to Francis Morris at the University of New Hampshire Violin Summer Program. Former luthier positions include Johnson Strings in Boston, MA, and Shar Violin Shop in Ann Arbor, MI.

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