The Science and Music of Old and New Violins

The Science and Music of Old and New Violins  —  02/24/15

3D scanning a Strad6:30 PM, Saturday 3rd March 2015: Joseph Curtin will give a multimedia  presentation on the science of violin sound, followed by a special concert by the internationally acclaimed Black Oak Ensemble.

International House University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Cost: $35/ VIP ticket
$25/Regular Admission







Curtin & Alf copy sets new world record  —  10/21/13

Ricci Tarisio (2)A Curtin & Alf copy of the c.1731 ‘Gibson-Huberman’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin has set a new world auction record for an instrument by a living maker. Built by Joseph Curtin and Gregg T. Alf in 1985 for Ruggiero Ricci, the violin sold at Tarisio in New York for $132,000 (including buyer’s premium). Ricci was living in Ann Arbor, MI, when Curtin & Alf set up shop there in 1985. He commissioned two more violins after the ‘Huberman’ copy, one being a copy of his Lorenzo Storioni, the second based on the ‘Haddock’ Guarneri del Gesu of 1734.  See:


NPR features the Digital Violin  —  08/14/13

NPR producer David Schulman visited the Studios this summer to interview Joseph Curtin, Gabriel Weinreich, Alex Sobolev, and John Bell about Digital Violin. This  prototype electric violin is designed to capture the sound of a whole library of traditional violins, including those of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu. The piece was broadcast today on NPR’s The Story. Listen to it here: