Stephen Ackert – former director of the music division at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Greg Alf – American-born violin maker and teacher of violin making living in Venice, Italy. He has served on the Oberlin College summer violin making workshop facultysince 1996 and was violin making editor for the Journal of the Catgut Acoustical Society. He holds membership in the Violin Society of America, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, and the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art.
Dr. Aaron Allen – after earning his Ph.D. in music at Harvard, Aaron focused his attention on the environmental impact of musical instrument making on the natural world. He is on the faculty of the school of music at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he also serves at the university's academic sustainability coordinator.
Frank Almond – concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra whose
“Lipinski” Stradivari violin was stolen and then recovered in 2014.
Paul Anastasio – violinist whose musical interests range from bluegrass and western swing to jazz and the traditional violin music of Tierra Caliente del Balsa in central Mexico. He has toured with Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard, and Joe Venuti.
Peter Anderson - owner of Anderson Musical Instruments Solutions, LLC, currently insuring over a billion dollars worth of violins and other instruments.
Darol Anger – violinist, teacher, and founding and past member of the David Grisman Quartet and the Turtle Island Quartet.
Michael Avsharian, Jr. – violinist and co-founder/vice-president of Shar Music in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Stephen Bacon – violin maker and owner of Bellwood Violin and Recorder Shop in Ashland, Oregon
Marjorie Bagley – violinist who studied with Pinchas Zukerman among others and who directs the string program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
David Balakrishnan – violinist and founding and current member the Turtle Island Quartet.
Purnaprajna Bangere – a native of Mysore, India, Purna is a violinist and composer of the classical violin music of southern India. He also teaches mathematics at the University of Kansas and draws upon his deep understanding of geometry for his musical compositions.
Jason Barie – former fiddler for the bluegrass band Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Jason currently tours with the bluegrass band Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.
Ben Barnes - violin restorer in Olympia, Washington.
Tom Barr - violin maker and owner of Barr's Fiddle Shop in Galax, Virginia.
David Basch – viola player and former member of the Marine Corps “President's Own” orchestra.
FBI Agent David Bass – member of the FBI's special art theft team and lead agent in the investigation and recovery of the stolen “Lipinski” Stradivari violin.
David Bass – fiddler and founding member of the stringband Freight Hoppers living Durham, North Carolina.
Riley Baugus – fiddler, banjo player, balladeer, and banjo maker living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He served as co-music director for the film Cold Mountain.
Joshua Bell – violinist, conductor, and music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
John Bermingham – folk musician living in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
Dr. Paolo Bodini – president of the Friends of Stradivari and president of the board of the Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy. Former mayor of the city of Cremona,Italy.
Penny Brill – viola player with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who
spearheaded an innovative outreach project to hospitals and other medical
organizations that uses music to promote healing and wellness. The symphony also provides musicians to play at memorial services for the families of deceased children.
Barbara Broz – Italian violinist and founding member of the string trio Trio Broz.
Clay Buckner – fiddler with the American folk band and Tony award-winning
theater performers Red Clay Ramblers. Clay lives and teaches fiddle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Kevin Burke – Irish fiddler living in Portland, Oregon.
Noel Burke – violin bow maker living in Carlow, Ireland.
Stuart Canin – violinist and conductor and former concert master for the San
Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera. Founding
member and music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, he also served as concert master for film music composers John Williams and Randy Newman. At the age of ten he performed on the Fred Allen radio show and as a nineteen-year-old rifleman, he performed for President Truman, Winston Churchill, and Stalin at the Potsdam Conference in 1945.
Greg and Jere Canote – identical twins who play fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Former members of the Small Wonders String Band they have toured the world sharing their infectious love for American folk music.
David Carpenter – solo concert viola player, co-founder of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, and chief financial officer for Carpenter Fine Violins in New York City.
Lauren Carpenter – violinist and co-founder of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra. A former senior account manager at Google, she now serves as the chief operating officer for Carpenter Fine Violins in New York.
Sean Carpenter – violinist and director and co-founder of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra. A collector of rare violins, he is the CEO of Carpenter Fine Violins in New York.
Kevin Carr – a fiddler and storyteller who also plays numerous types of bagpipes, Kevin has toured with numerous groups over the years including Wake the Dead, Hillbillies from Mars, Les Tetes di Violon, and Verdegaio, a trio celebrating the traditional music of Galicia.
Linda Caspersen – cellist and member of the Harding Kvartett, a unique quartet—violins, viola, and cello—of traditional Norwegian Hardanger instruments.
Michael Certalic – violinist and teacher living in Bozeman, Montana.
Frederic Chaudiere – violin maker living in Montpellier, France.
Piera Ciresa - co-owner of Ciresa Val di Fiemme, a factory located in Tesero in the Italian Alps that produces tone wood for violins and pianos.
Brian Clague – violinist and resident artist for the musical instruments collection at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Michael Cleveland – blind bluegrass fiddler, composer, and founding member of band Flamekeepers.
Zoe Conway – violinist and traditional Irish fiddler living in Dundalk, Ireland.
Jonathan Cooper – violinmaker living in Portland, Maine.
Chris Crepps – bassist with the Rockabilly/Country-Western band Dale Watson.
Bruno Crosignani – chief of the Trento Forest Department in Cavalese, Italy, andmember of the Magnifica Comunita' di Fiemme.
Dr. William Dawson – retired hand surgeon and founding member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Benjamin DeCorsey – second-year student at the New World School of Violin Making in Presque Isle, Wisconsin.
Tony DeMarco – New York City-born Irish fiddler, composer, and teacher.
Brian Derber – violin maker and founder of the New World School of Violinmaking in Presque Isle, Wisconsin.
Brian Derber – violin maker and founder of the New World School of Violinmaking in Presque Isle, Wisconsin.
Kit Eakle – jazz violinist, teacher, and author/publisher of music education materials
David Eby – cellist who has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Lewis and Clark College. He performs as a member of the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Cello Project and serves as a teaching artist with the BRAVO Youth Orchestra serving disadvantaged young people.
Matthew Edwards – executive director of the Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History.The museum interprets the rich history of folk fiddling in northern North Carolina and has recently developed a touring exhibit titled The Luthier's Craft, Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge.
Rushad Eggleston – cellist, composer, and jazz vocalist known for his invented language and imagined world called The Land of Sneth.
Betse Ellis – old-time Ozark fiddler living in Kansas City, Missouri.
Tony Ellis – fiddler, banjo player, award-winning composer, and former member of the band Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys.
Ted Falcon – violinist, mandolinist, and composer steeped in the Choro, Forró, and Frevo styles of Bralizian music. He is co-director of the Brazilian Strings Tio and professor of music at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Roland Feller – violin maker and restorer serving the San Francisco Bay area since1977.
Amanda Forsyth – Canadian cellist and principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She performs frequently as a soloist with her husband, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, and collaborated with Wynton Marsales recording the sound track for the Ken Burns' documentary about World War II.
Fretless – string quartet based in Canada featuring classically-trained musicians Trent Freeman, Karrnnel Sawitsky, Ivonne Hernandez, and Eric Wright who arrange and perform music from a variety of folk traditions.
Eugene Friesen – cellist with the Paul Winter Consort and other groups and
professor of music at Berklee School of Music.
David Fulton – violinist, filmmaker, and private collector of Cremonese instruments including those of Antonio Stradivari, Giuseppe Guarneri, del Gesù, Giovanni Guadagnini, and Girolamo Amati.
Eric Funk – composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and professor of music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. His composition, Concerto for the Violin Alone, that attempts to create the sound of each instrument in a symphony orchestra was featured in a documentary film produced by PBS.
Christopher Germain – violin maker in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, and member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Rhiannon Giddens – former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon plays the fiddle and banjo and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. She recently performed at the White House and has studied the influence of African -Americans on traditional fiddle music in the United States.
Brandon Godman – fiddler, luthier, and violin dealer living in San Francisco, CA.
Courtney Granger – member of the legendary Cajun-music Balfa family
from southwest Louisiana, Courtney plays fiddle in the four-time Grammynominated band Pine Leaf Boys.
Michael Gray – violinist and composer with the Pearl Django, a quintet dedicated to incorporating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with Americanswing music.
Dr. Patricia Gray – clinical professor and senior research scientist at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro specializing in the field of bio-music, the relationship between human music making and the nature world.
Tyler Griffith – bass player with Michael Cleveland and the Flamekeepers band.
Giorgio Grisales – Columbian-born violin maker living in Cremona, Italy.
Joe Grubaugh and Sigrun Seifert – violin makers who helped recover the stolen “Duke of Alcantara” violin made by Antonio Stradivari.
David Gusset – violin maker living in Eugene, Oregon. Three-time winner of gold medal for violin making at the Violin Society of America competition. First
prize/gold medal winner of the “Antonio Stradivari” Triennial Violin Making
Competition in Cremona, Italy, the only American to date to win this competition.
Chris Haddox – traditional Appalachian fiddler who has researched the life and
instruments of the blind West Virginia violin maker Tommy Dolittle.
Bruce Harvie - owner of Orcas Island Tonewoods.
Jeff Harshbarger – a bassist living in Lawrence, Kansas, he is co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label. He also hosts a weekly jazz program on KKFL-FM.
Henry the Fiddler – a modern-day traveling minstrel who has roamed the world for many years playing his violin, including a trip to Russia with Dr. Patch Adams.
Winifred Horan – fiddler and founding member of the Irish-American band Solas.
Christian Howes – violinist, composer, and music educator who performed as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra when he was sixteen years old. He later switched to playing jazz violin and performed with jazz legend Les Paul for eleven years. He founded and directs the Creative Strings Festival and has toured internationally as a cultural ambassador for the United States State Department.
Lyris Hung – violinist with the folk rock band Indigo Girls and orchestral strings product manager for the D'Addario String Company.
Jay Ifshin - violin maker, collector, and dealer. Owner of Ifshin Violins in El Cerrito, California.
Sarah Ioannides – violinist and music director/conductor of the Tacoma Symphony.
Simon James – Australian-born violinist who currently plays with the Seattle
Symphony and Seattle Opera Company. He also directs a company that contracts with musicians in the Pacific Northwest to perform music for film and video games.
Clay Jenkinson – an award-winning Thomas Jefferson scholar and host of the public radio series The Thomas Jefferson Hour, Clay has researched Jefferson's relationship with the violin.
Hans Johannsson – violin maker based in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Carl Jones - fiddler and songwriter living in Galax, Virginia.
Mark Katz – violinist, musicologist, and director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Mark Keenan – violin maker living in Belmont, County Offaly, Ireland.