Violin maker since 1986
German born Steffen Nowak studied at the "Welsh School of
Violin Making" from where he graduated with merit.
A professional Violin, Viola and Cello maker
in Bristol since 1986 he mainly makes instruments based on models by the classical makers
of Cremona. They are available in both modern, classical and baroque
Violin maker out of passion, being open and aware to
demanding clients’ needs and expectations, Steffen – being a keen
violinist himself – welcomes enquiries and would be pleased to
discuss the process of commissioning though it is also possible to
find some instruments in stock.
A great emphasis is placed on sound, projection and set up as well
as the long term development, but his instruments are also known to
respond very easily from ‘new’.
The instruments are carefully made to the highest
standards of craftsmanship, and a fine oil varnish of his own
composition enhances the natural beauty of the traditional
materials. Instruments can also be made as antique reproductions.
Of great benefit is a large stock of seasoned fine tone woods
(Bosnian maple, English sycamore, European
- 30 years of professional making
- Highest standards
- Beautiful varnish and wood
- Projective and brilliant sound
- International clients
The last years have seen a range of exciting new Viola and Cello models
which are receiving a positive resonance with both
professionals and connoisseurs in the UK and abroad. Exhibitions in
Vienna, Portland (Oregon), Cleveland (Ohio), Cremona (Italy),London
and Manchester have contributed to this.
Chamber musicians and soloists
from various European countries have selected instruments from
his workshop. Amongst them are Prof. Rainer Kussmaul (ex. Berlin
Phil. Orchestra - now leader Berliner Barock-Solisten), Yossi Gutmann (Viola), Lorena Otero
Rodrigo, viola (Orquesta
Nacional de España, solista), Lutz Gäbler
and several players of the Handel Festival Orchestra of Halle,
Emma Alter (London), Christina Rox (Cologne), Robert Hyman (Bath
Pump Room Trio), Charles Medlam (London Baroque), Sarah Butcher
( London), Ensemble Zimmermann (Denmark). His instruments are also found in music
colleges and Trusts (Royal
of Music Copenhagen, London Trinity College of
Music, Benslow Music Trust).
contact: Steffen Nowak, 75
Sylvia Avenue, Bristol BS3 5BU ph. 0117 9777141