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American Federation of
Violin and Bow Makers

Dedicated to the Ethical Practice of Craftsmanship, Conservation, Education, Expertise, and Outreach

The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers is comprised of over 170 of the finest makers, dealers and restorers in the United States and Canada.

Member Directory

Our members meet high standards of excellence in workmanship and experience. They also are committed to adhere to our mission and code of ethics.

Musicians and Instrument owners are invited to consult our Member Directory for purchases, restoration, or appraisals.

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Members share, network and learn through Federation meetings, events, concerts, and publications. We also curate a large photographic archive.

Makers, restorers and dealers can apply here.

Advocacy and Outreach

We support and initiate projects and policy that promote the betterment of the music community and the world at large.  Read more about our involvement with conserving endangered species, documenting the history of the American Violin, and our other projects.

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Check out this YouTube Duo @twosetviolin. These two have been creating YouTube videos since 2013. Some of their content includes reactions to children prodigies and master classes with guest teachers. You're sure to find a video you like. Here's a link to their channel: #twosetviolin #violin #violinist #violinlove #music #musician #art #creativity

Deborah Borda has been the CEO for the New York Philharmonic for 15 years. When asked about some of the biggest challenges she has faced, she mentions the lack of women leaders in music. At one point she was given an offer for a top position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra but had the offer rescinded after the music director objected to a woman holding the position. Read more about her career in the interview here: @ #music #art #WomenInMusic #womeninart #womeninbiz #women #nyphil #orchestra

Today the Concert Artists Guild announced this year's winners for the 2023 Victor Elmaleh Competition. Winners of this award receive management opportunities that help greatly improve the reach of their music and expand their professional careers. You can read more about the groups that won here: @ #art #violin #violinist #music #creativity #quartet #ConcertArtistGuild

Today we would like to pay tribute to one of our founding members Carl F. Becker. Carl began to learn violin making from his father and apprenticed for William Lewis & Son after graduating from high school. While there, he was entrusted with restoring a violin that is thought by many to be a 1721 Stradivarius, "The Lady Blunt." In 1941 he was pulled away from violin making to serve in the military during WWII. He was a skilled marksman and was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. He finished his military career at the rank of Major and returned to violin making. In 1968 he opened Carl Becker and Son with his father where he worked until his late 90's. His son, Paul C. Becker, continues the family business today. You can read more about their family legacy on their website @ #craftsmanship #woodworking #luthier #violinmakers #violin #violinist #art


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