American luthier Gregg T. Alf (b. 1957) is one of the leading makers in the world today. A graduate of the International Violin Making School in Cremona, he returned to the United States in 1984 to found the Curtin & Alf workshop with renowned luthier Joseph Curtin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1995, Alf established Alf Studios, an independent business with workshops in Ann Arbor and Venice, Italy, where he currently builds instruments for the top string players in the world.
Clients who have performed on Alf's violins include the luminaries Ruggiero Ricci and Elmar Oliveira, as well as members of the Berlin, London, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. His violins are owned by players in the National Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, and Toronto, as well as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Berlin Staatskapelle, the New York Metropolitan Opera, among numerous others.
Alf has won the most prestigious awards for his violins entered into international competitions, including several gold medals for tone and workmanship, and the Hors Concours presented by the Violin Society of America in 1982. He is a member of the Violin Society of America, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, and the l'Entente Internationale des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art.
Also a teacher dedicated to sharing his craft, Alf has been on the faculty of the Oberlin College Violin Making Workshop since 1996. He appears regularly as a guest lecturer at educational institutions worldwide, and in 2004 founded the Amiata Summit, a biannual gathering of international violin makers dedicated to exploring future developments in violin making.
Alf honors Italian traditions in his replicas of the models of past makers, while continuing to study and experiment with the scientific acoustical properties of violins by implementing innovations in his own models. His success with the tonal possibilities displayed in his violins has contributed enormously to the advocacy and interest in modern instruments to fulfill the needs of today's string players.
Gregg Alf, Ann Arbor and Venice 2014. Lord Wilton Guarneri model. 353 mm 4/4