David Prentice

violin maker

For over 30 years, David Prentice has built violins and violas for a number of prominent artists in both the orchestral and chamber music worlds, in addition to instrument bank commissions by the Banff Centre, Stanford University, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Today, Prentice instruments can be seen in the hands of members of the Bozzini, Annex, and Tokai String Quartet’s, in addition to some of the world’s great orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony, to name a few.

Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario in 1947, David Prentice became interested and played various fretted stringed instruments through his high school years. After graduating from the University of Waterloo with a degree in mathematics, Mr. Prentice became interested in the violin and began taking lessons in Toronto. Inspired by the work of Otto Erdesz and his students Joseph Curtin and John Newton, Mr. Prentice began violin making in 1981. Shortly after he setup his own shop and began learning a craft that has surpassed 30 years. By 1988 Prentice had left his job as a mathematics teacher and made violins and violas on a full time basis. His shop, which is situated in a historic building in the town of Flesherton, ON, has paved the way to a growing number of artists and luthiers that have moved into the region.

David Prentice is a member of the Violin Society of America and the Catgut Acoustical Society where he’s involved in the study of instrument acoustics. To date, many of his instruments are played throughout North and South America, and Europe by professionals and students alike.

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