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.

Latest News

Joseph Curtin Studios goes Solar!

October 10, 2018 A long-time dream of Joseph Curtin and his wife Jesse Richards recently came true when their newly-installed solar system came online. With...

Milan Milisavljević wins Principal Viola position at Met

May 24, 2018 Congratulations to Milan Milisavljević, now Principal Viola of New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra! Chosen from more than fifty candidates,...

Curtin lectures at Cornell

March 27, 2017 Joseph Curtin visited Ithaca, NY, to deliver the first “Henley ‘Non-Spherical Cow’ lecture” at Cornell University’s Department of Physics. The...

Austin Wulliman joins the Jack Quartet

July 14, 2016 The JACK Quartet has a new violinist: Austin Wulliman, former member of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente and founding member of the Spektral...

NPR piece on Stradivari features Joshua Bell and Joseph Curtin

May 16, 2014 NPR's Lisa Pollak and David Kestenbaum deliver a remarkably balanced story about Stradivari instruments, the Stradivari ‘brand,’ and recent blind...