Steffen Nowak

Maker of Violins, Violas and Celli – modern & baroque


75 Sylvia Avenue

Tel: +44 (0) 117 977 7141

About Steffen

German born Steffen Nowak studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and graduated with merit.  A professional Violin, Viola and Cello maker in Bristol since 1986, he mainly makes instruments based on classical Cremonese
models.  They are available in modern, classical and baroque set ups.

Making instruments with passion, being open and aware to clients’ needs and expectations, Steffen – being a keen violinist himself – welcomes enquiries and is always happy to discuss the process of commissioning.  Usually a few 
instruments are also available for immediate purchase.

A great emphasis is placed on sound, projection and set up as well as the long term development, but his instruments are also known to respond very easily from ‘new’.  The instruments are carefully made to the highest standards of craftsmanship, and a fine oil varnish of his own composition enhances the natural beauty of the traditional materials.

Instruments can also be made as antique reproductions.  His large stock of seasoned fine tone woods is also of great benefit.

  • Professional making since 1986

  • Highest standards

  • Beautiful varnish and wood

  • Projective and brilliant sound

  • Clients all over the world

The last years have seen a range of exciting new models which are receiving a positive resonance with professionals and connoisseurs in the UK and abroad.  Two Cello models after Stradivari, violins and violas after Amati, da Salo, Stainer, Guarneri, Stradivari, Bergonzi, Grancino etc. and viola models from 15½” to 16¾'' offer an excellent choice. Exhibitions in Berlin, Vienna, Portland (Oregon), Cleveland (Ohio), Cremona (Italy), London and Manchester have contributed to an even wider appreciation.

Amongst Steffen’s many clients are Prof. Rainer Kussmaul (ex. Berlin Phil. Orchestra - now leader Berliner Barock-Solisten), Yossi Gutmann, Berlin (Viola), Lorena Otero Rodrigo, viola (Orquesta Nacional de España, solista), Sarah Butcher (London), Lutz Gäbler and players of the Handel Festival Orchestra Halle, Emma Alter (London),  Robert Hyman (Bath Pump Room Trio), Ensemble Zimmermann (Denmark).  His instruments are also found in music colleges and Trusts (Royal Danish Academy Copenhagen, London Trinity College , Benslow Music Trust).