Acclaimed American violin maker Francis Kuttner (b. 1951) studied violin making at the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria in Cremona, Italy, where he worked with Giobatta Morassi and Francesco Bissolotti. Kuttner returned to the United States in 1978 to establish his own workshop in San Francisco, California. He has won numerous Gold and Silver medals for his violins, violas, and cellos in international competitions since 1980, and has received the designation of "Hors Concours" by the Violin Society of America. Kuttner has served on juries for several international competitions, and is a member of the VSA, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, and l'Entente Internationale des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art. His instruments are played by top string players throughout the world, and include the "Ellen M. Egger Quartet," built as a working memorial to violinist Ellen Egger in 1987 by Kuttner to loan to promising students and young professionals. Several celebrated American string quartets have featured the renowned quartet of instruments on their concert series, including the Angeles Quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Turtle Island Quartet, and the Alexander String Quartet, who used the quartet on their 2009 recording of the complete Beethoven String Quartets. Kuttner currently divides his time between workshops in San Francisco and Cremona.
Francis Kuttner, San Francisco 1997. Lightly antiqued orange varnish. 353mm 4/4