When many people think of Chinese violins, the first thing that comes to mind is student instruments produced in a factory, the quality of which has improved such that a musician can now find quality Chinese student instruments at affordable prices. What may not immediately come to mind is the master violinmakers in China who are hand crafting fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows for advanced and professional players. This is the second in a series of StringBridge Connect posts that will introduce you to some of the best Chinese violinmakers working today.
One of the best known and most influential master violinmakers in China is Liang Guohui (梁国辉), who is regarded as China’s first violinmaker and, at 95 years of age, the world’s oldest living violinmaker. Mr. Liang taught himself to make violins in the 1950s by buying two good German instruments, taking them apart, and copying them. Mr. Liang was a teacher at the Institute of Guangzhou Musical Instrument Industry Company from 1976 until he retired in 1991 at age 67. Mr. Liang’s teaching resulted in his students winning over 40 awards at international violinmaking competitions.