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 Orchestra, among 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.
15 7/8 Geoffrey Ovington, New York 2008 404 mm 16”