Sharon Que has twin careers: she is both a violin maker/restorer and a widely exhibited mixed-media artist. Born in the Detroit area, she received a BA from the University of Michigan, then began an apprenticeship in wood model making with General Motors, subsequently receiving her journeyman’s card.
In 1989, Que became a workshop assistant at Curtin & Alf, where she learned violin-making and designed jigs, tools, and methodologies – many of which Curtin still uses. After seven years at Curtin & Alf, then another five at Joseph Curtin Studios, Que opened her own Ann Arbor workshop, where she focuses on restoration.
Que is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America. She has worked with the Henry Ford Museum on the Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu violins in their collections. Her artwork is in the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and among the public sculptures on the Oakland University campus in Rochester, Michigan. She has exhibited extensively in the metro Detroit area, and in San Francisco, Chicago, and Venice, Italy.
Sharon Que works on an occasional basis with Joseph Curtin on instrument repair and restoration.