|I have been a violin maker since
1974. For years I studied great instruments of antiquity while working as a
restorer in fine shops. Today I bring that knowledge to my own creations as I
concentrate exclusively on making new instruments.
My violins are
played by professional musicians in New York and abroad in live concerts,
recordings, film scores, and radio and television broadcasts. For example, they
were recently featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of
The Producers, Aida, Tommy, and Jeckyll and Hyde.
My original instrument designs are
inspired by Guarneri Del Gesu, and have the warm, full-throated voice of his
best work. Their lively sound, even throughout the range of the instrument, is
flexible, rich and complex, with a wide-spectrum palette of tone color. You
will find responsiveness, clarity, and focus at your disposal, whether at
ppp or FFF. Along with their sweet smoothness, my
instruments have the power and projection appropriate for a range of musical
needs, and are being played in chamber, orchestral, and solo settings. While no
one instrument can do all things perfectly for all players, if you tell me your
needs I can create one that will match your specific situation.
fall in love with my instruments for their elegant sound and also their
playability. The seamless comfort of my setup and neck work will give you
unparalleled security and freedom in performance. They are an excellent choice
as a primary instrument or as a companion to give your antique instrument a
Did I mention that they are also beautiful to look at? I search
the world for the finest raw materials to create my instruments and varnish
them with an oil varnish I make myself to achieve maximum tonal and visual
beauty. The result is a one-of-a-kind work of art, handmade with love, to be
cherished for lifetimes.
Now that you have an idea of my work, I hope
you will visit me and hold one in your hands. If a picture is worth a thousand
words, playing one will be worth a thousand pictures.
If you would like
to arrange to play one of my violins, or have any questions, please e-mail me
at AMDG@rufinoviolins.com or call
me at 212-581-6226.