Graduate of the State School of Violin Making, Mittenwald, West Germany. Received Master's certificate with Gold Medal from the German Government in 1968. Worked for six years with Kenneth Warren & Son firm in Chicago making, repairing, and restoring instruments. Co-founder of the original Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making in 1975. Mr. Lee continues to build new instruments for a world-wide market, and will be available in an advisory capacity to students. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Graduate of the Violin Making School of America. Antoine worked for Peter Prier and Sons while attending school, and for J & A Beare upon graduating in 2002. He opened his own studio in 2005. In 2012, he joined the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. Antoine regularly serves as a faculty member at the Oberlin Violin Making Workshops. In 2016 and 2017 he and his colleague Jeff Phillips led the workshop on copying the Jackson Stradivarius. Antoine is an active maker and has received numerous awards at the Violin Society of America competitions, including a silver medal for cello and a gold medal for viola. He served as a judge at the VSA competition in 2018.
Received a BA in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 2012. She has had eight years of shop experience at Seman Violins, teaching repair and set-up to new employees and was also active in business operations there. She served on the planning committee for the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers’s 2014 meeting. Kristin was elected to serve on the Violin Society of America Board of Directors in 2018. She continues to work on her own instrument making.
Completed her musical studies at the Lviv Conservatory in Ukraine, graduating in 1976 with a Master's Degree in performance and pedagogy. For seventeen years she was a violinist in the Lviv Opera orchestra moving up to the rank of assistant concertmaster. In 1993 Daria moved to Chicago and joined the Northwest Chicago Symphony and the NCSO String Quartet. Within a short time she was appointed concertmistress and is frequently featured in solo roles. She has been string instructor for the Chicago School of Violin Making since 1994 and is active as a free lance musician with such orchestras as Northwest Indiana, Skokie Valley, and the Chicago Philharmonic.
Born in Jackson Michigan, Steven began playing the cello at age 13 and was entirely self taught until his college years, first attending Olivet College in Michigan then transferring to DePaul University in Chicago where he studied with the former Chicago Symphony Principal Cellist, Frank Miller on scholarship. Mr. Houser is very active as a freelance musician and has performed with many chamber and symphony orchestras in the greater Chicagoland area. Steven is currently a member of the Grant Park Symphony and is principal cellist with the Lake Forest, Park Ridge and Metropolis symphonies.
Graduate of the State School of Violin Making in Mittenwald Germany. Received German Meister title in 1986. Henni has over 30 years of experience working in renowned shops both in Europe and the United States as a restorer and maker of string instruments. Became a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers in 1994 and a member of the Entente Internationale Des Luthiers et Archetiers between 1997 and 2015.