Fan-Chia Tao

Fan-Chia Tao

Fan-Chia Tao is Director of Research & Development at D’Addario & Company, where he designs violin-family and guitar strings. In 2003, Tao and Curtin founded the VSA-Oberlin Acoustics Workshop, which they continue to co-direct. They have collaborated on...
Gabriel Weinreich

Gabriel Weinreich

Gabriel Weinreich, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, is an experimental physicist and a leading expert on the physics of the violin. Curtin met Weinreich in 1984 while visiting Ann Arbor with an eye to living there. Weinreich soon became a mentor in...
Sharon Que

Sharon Que

Sharon Que has twin careers as a violin restorer and a mixed-media artist. She does repair and restoration for Joseph Curtin on an occasional basis. Born in the Detroit area, Que received a BA from the University of Michigan, then began an apprenticeship in wood model...
Magdalena Marino

Magdalena Marino

Lonny Marino works with Joseph Curtin on the design, 3D modelling, and CNC milling of everything from innovative violin bridges to ultralight violin parts. Having studied violin from the age of five, Marino was considering a career in music right up until she was...
Alex Currin

Alex Currin

Alex Currin assists Joseph Curtin with making, repairs, and the design and construction of tools and fixtures. He studied English at The College of Wooster before enrolling in the Violinmaking School of America in Salt Lake City, where his teachers were Charles Woolf...
Joseph Curtin

Joseph Curtin

Joseph Curtin is a violinmaker, researcher, writer, and 2005 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1953, he began violin lessons at twelve, then went on to study music and philosophy at the University of Toronto, and then viola with the Israeli soloist Rivka...