Born in South Africa in 1997, Kyle Schultz fell in love with violins when he was just a kid. The instrument fascinated him. All his childhood, he wanted to play the violin.
He started playing at a young age, and through the years, he further developed his fondness for the mechanics and history of the violin.
Kyle decided to learn the craft of violin making and repair through an introduction to numerous books and articles, all written by our most talented craftspeople. This led him to build his first two violins. ln the same period, he was given the opportunity to do minor repairs on student violins at his music school, this was an experience that he cherish as the roots of his craft.
In 2018 he applied to the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making and Repair, which received a First-Class Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours. During his three years of studying at the Newark School, he attended lectures with world-renowned makers and restorers as well as receiving funding for courses and the furthering of his degree all generously awarded by the RAB (Rowan Armour-Brown) Memorial Trust for all the years of his degree. What gave him later the opportunity to learn new skills and further his understanding of fine violin making and restoration.
He set up his own workshop in 2021 from home in Newbury in the United Kingdom and currently makes and designs his own instruments and works with his close friend and luthier Andrea Giovannetti on collaborative projects.
Why did you start making instruments?
When I started playing the violin at a young age, my violin teacher told me about the famous violin maker Antonio Stradivari l was curious and read about him; this led me to research into the rich history of violin making in Cremona, and subsequently, this sparked my desire and passion for wanting to learn how to make a violin, I initially learnt from self-study until I was able to
undergo formal education. This all directed me on the path of understanding the technical anatomy and design of these instruments and has given me a new medium for my art to develop from.
What is your inspiration?
My inspiration for my instruments is that of the work of Niccolo Amati; the long delicate corners of his instruments, as well as the fantastic geometry of the arching, show me the direction that I would like to continue to move in. All my instruments have a touch of individuality, and this is especially evident in the scroll and soundholes. For some of my models, I tend to use a darker
handmade purfling as it gives an increased emphasis on the outline of the instruments and is especially bold