We are delighted to introduce the work of talented Polish maker Andrzej Kalata to our range of instruments by modern makers.
We were introduced to Andrzej's instruments when a customer of ours, Patrycja, brought one of his violins to our shop. We knew instantly that we wanted to stock his instruments, and she kindly put us in touch with Andrzej, who soon made the trip from Poland to Cardiff. Despite his humble manner, Andrzej's instruments are showy, vibrant and produce a glorious tone.
Andrzej "Korc"* Kalata was born in Podhale, Poland's southernmost region, located in the foothills of the Tatra mountains. His passion for luthiery was evident even as young boy, when he revelled in exploring and repairing folk instruments. He credits his development as a craftsman to the vast array of musical instruments and the rich folk musical culture he was immersed in during his youth, which spawned a burning interest in music, kindled and refined by f fellow Podhalan luthier Wojciech Topa, who greatly influenced the developing Kalata's work.
A versatile and humble maker, Kalata strives to tailor the tone of his instruments to complement the customer's style. Additionally, he produces replicas of antique instruments, particularly those by esteemed Italian makers. Andrzej Kalata's instruments are endorsed by respected musicians across the globe, with notable customers like Julius Berger, Oleg Cogan and Ron Ephrat, as well as professional clientele in Russia, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the USA. We're sure many of our professional customers will be similarly enthused about his violins, which possess remarkable quality at a modest price.
Take a look at Andrzej's wonderful craftsmanship below, or better yet, book an appointment to try his instruments by calling 02920 227761.
I am currently in my 3rd year of Undergraduate Study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During the latter half of my second year, my teacher, Sarah-Jane Bradley, and I were discussing the purchase of a new instrument, and she recommended Cardiff Violins. During the summer holiday, I travelled to Cardiff Violins looking to try violas, and it was a great experience from start to finish. I felt as though I had all the time in the world to try the instruments and nothing was too much trouble. I was told the price range of the instruments and then left to try as many as I liked and take as long as I wanted. The staff even offered to play the instruments for me so I could hear what they sounded like from an audience perspective.
While I was trying the instruments I quickly found a favourite; a 16 inch viola made by Andrzej Kalata. After spending a couple of hours trying instruments, I decided that I would like to take that viola on loan. Very graciously, I was allowed to keep the viola on loan for a month as I was not going to be able to see my teacher until mid-September. My teacher agreed with me that the viola was the right instrument for me and had a lovely tone across the whole range of the instrument, as well as looking absolutely beautiful.
I would thoroughly recommend Cardiff Violins to anyone looking for a new instrument following my own experience there, whatever their standard. The staff were welcoming, accommodating and very helpful, and at no point did I feel under pressure of time or purchase.
Alexis Hutchinson, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance