robyn sullivan violins

hand-made violins, violas, and cellos

about me

I started Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 7. In high school, I picked up the viola and it soon became my main instrument in orchestra and in chamber groups. I have enjoyed playing but I have always known that I do not have the temperament or drive to play professionally. The idea of learning how to make or repair the instruments didn’t occur to me until I was a counselor at the Arcady summer strings camp (part of the Arcady Music Festival in Bar Harbor Maine). During this summer just before every performance one of the campers’ instruments would break. A door opened onto a cello and the fingerboard slid off, soundposts fell in more than one violin, seams opened, a bow was dropped and the tip broke off. After the third broken instrument or so I was walking back the main building at camp thinking about how it was odd that all the instruments were falling apart at once when I had an epiphany; ‘I would really like to know how to fix all these broken instruments,… wait, what I really want to know is how to make them, wait,… I could do that for a career!’ Since that moment I have pursued my career in a variety of ways. I graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Music. For my senior project at Skidmore I apprenticed under Geoffery Ovington and co-created a violin with him, which I performed on for my senior recital. I worked as an Administrative Assistant at Frederick Oster Fine Violins in Philadelphia and learned an invaluable amount about the business. I then attended and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making.

Currently I work at Korinthian Violins (http://www.korinthianviolins.com/) doing setup and repair.