A Life Dedicated to Craft
Russell Hopper began making violins in 2004 and trained at the University
of New Hampshire’s Violin Craftsmanship Institute with world-renowned violin makers and restorers, Geigenbaumeister Horst Kloss and Paul Weissmeyer. They are a direct tie to the very best European traditions of violin making and restoration. Russell also studied violin set-up and tonal adjustment with Thomas Sparks, director of violin making at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University.
"I love my new violin!!!!I ... I really like the sound! Thank you!!"
In addition to his 15 years of classical training as a violinist and violist, Russell is a master Irish fiddle player and teacher with over 25 years of performance experience. He holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick.
His experience as a professional musician gives him a keen understanding to best serve his customers and help them get the most from their instruments.
Prior to his career in violin making, Russell practiced architecture for 15 years, receiving local, state and national awards for his work. A native of Charleston, SC, Russell began woodworking at the age of 13 working alongside his father in his custom furniture making shop.
Russell has appeared in publications that include Strad, Journal of the Violin Society of America, Better Homes and Gardens, Architecture, Architecture Record, Alabama Magazine and The New York Times.
Russell's customers include members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and graduates of The Boston Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. He volunteers as staff luthier for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama (Scrollworks), nationally recognized for its excellence in teaching young musicians.
"It has been many years since I got so much enjoyment from my cello."
Images copyright Art Meripol
Russell is a member of:
Violin Society of America
Southern Violin Association (Board of Directors)