Looking for a high-performance violin or viola?

Joseph Curtin builds instruments to meet your needs in the most demanding musical contexts, from auditions and competitions to solo recitals and concertos. Violins and violas may be available for immediate purchase. Otherwise, one can be built for you on a commission basis. Please contact us if you’d like to try an instrument, discuss a commission, or visit the studios. Note that we deal only with instruments by Joseph Curtin, or by Curtin & Alf.

Joseph Curtin has built violins for some of the most distinguished artists of our time, including Erick Friedman, Ilya Kaler, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Yehudi Menuhin, and Ruggiero Ricci. In 2005, Curtin was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013, the “ex-Ricci” Curtin & Alf violin sold in auction for $132,000, a world record price for work by living makers.

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Dextra Musica foundation adds Curtin violin

The Dextra Musica foundation recently added a Joseph Curtin violin to its collection of Old Italian and contemporary stringed instruments. On a recent visit...

Curtin lectures at Cornell

Joseph Curtin visited Ithaca, NY, to deliver the first “Henley ‘Non-Spherical Cow’ lecture” at Cornell University’s Department of Physics. The talk covered...

A visit to the Perimeter Institute

The Perimeter Institute is a world-renowned center for research in foundational theoretical physics, dedicated to understanding the universe at the most...

Austin Wulliman joins the Jack Quartet

The JACK Quartet has a new violinist: Austin Wulliman, former member of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente and founding member of the Spektral Quartet. The JACK...

NPR piece on Stradivari features Joshua Bell and Joseph Curtin

NPR's Lisa Pollak and David Kestenbaum deliver a remarkably balanced story about Stradivari instruments, the Stradivari ‘brand,’ and recent blind tests that...