Emil Hjorth and Sons violin, Copenhagen 1935
From the third generation of the distinguished Danish violin making dynasty established in 1789, Emil Theodor Hjorth (1840 - 1920) was born in Copenhagen, where he worked with his father, Johannes Hjorth (1809 - 1900). His grandfather, Andreas Hansen Hjorth (1752 - 1834), had been appointed as violin maker to the royal court of Denmark's King Christian VII. In the mid 1860s, Emil Hjorth worked in Vienna for Gabriel Lemböck, and in Paris at the Bernardel workshop, before returning to Copenhagen to take over his father's workshop in 1870. With his sons, violin makers Othon Hjorth ("Otto," 1877 - 1950) and Knud Hjorth (1880 - 1952), Emil Hjorth produced numerous outstanding instruments and provided repair services for Denmark's royal orchestra. After his retirement in 1906, the Hjorth and Sons workshop continued prolifically through 1952, when it was passed on to Knud's son, violin maker Arne Hjorth (1910 - 2001). The Hjorth dynasty continues today under Arne's son, violin maker and restorer Mads Hjorth (b. 1947).