Drawing a bow across the strings of a newly created instrument for the first time is always a thrill. When I make a violin, viola, or cello, I take beautiful, carefully selected, and aged tone-wood, spend many long hours of careful work at my workbench, and use the insights I have gained from all of my years of experience to bring each new instrument to life. This experience includes:
- Over 35 years as a violin maker
- My years as a player
- Firsthand study and knowledge of maintaining, repairing, and restoring instruments from the masters such as Stradivarius, Guarneri, Amati, Vuillaume, Testore, Lupot, Gemunder, and many others.
- Examining and playing the fine collection of Stradivarius instruments, including many of the decorated instruments, at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
- Examining and playing the instruments in the collection of the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
- Maintenance and adjustment of some of the instruments in the collection of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD.
- Closely working with many fine musicians: professionals, amateurs, and students.
I hope that you will take the opportunity to try one of my instruments. You can see and play some of my instruments at these locations.
- Kurosawa Violins, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
- Chaconne Co, Ltd. Violins, Nagoya, Japan
- Stradi Kanazawa Violins, Kanazawa Japan
- Anna Clift & Associates, Northfield, Minnesota USA 507-413-3495 e-mail