Julyan is one of the very few violin makers we have met who has managed the tour de force of making fine copies of Stradivarius and Guarnerius violins, whilst a self-taught luthier. We asked Julyan how he got to become such a skillful and talented maker, and here is his very modest reply:
“My background as a violin maker is unusual in that I am entirely self taught. I became interested in violins when looking for instruments for my daughter. By the time she needed to move up to a 3/4 sized violin she had reached a resonable standard and I wanted to find her a better quality instrument. Realising I knew nothing about violins I decided to do some research and instantly got hooked. This led me to make my first violin which of course was not very good - so I had to make another one. Twenty instruments later I am still grappling with the subtle complexities that have to be perfectly combined to create a good instrument.
The internet has become a forum for the exchange of ideas about violin making and I try to continue to improve my instruments by incorporating the best of the discoveries and techniques that are generously shared by Luthiers around the world. I mostly make antiqued instruments which currently seem to be more popular”
Here is a small gallery of Julyan’s work, but please come and try his instruments! They sound as good as they look!