My name is Olaf Grawert and I am an Expert Violin maker and Restorer. My violin shop is based in Brisbane, Australia. I created The Violin Studio as a place to help devoted String Players reach their best potential.
My goal is to work together with enthusiastic musicians, like you, to find your perfect instrument, and keep your own individual violin, viola or cello set up to optimally suit your needs. I specialize in creating optimal acoustics and playability in old and new instruments for players of all levels. I have over 30 years of experience in the restoration, repairs, valuations and tone improvement of old violins, violas and cellos, so your instrument is in good hands.
The Violin Studio is a ‘by appointment’ violin shop, because it is important to me to give you the best service possible and that way I will have the time to talk to you and find out exactly what your needs are. You can apply for an appointment here.
So what sets The Violin Studio apart?
I am a real violin maker and restorer with over 30 years of experience… not a string player who thought it would be nice to have a violin-shop
The results speak for themselves: I have fantastic results with optimizing the sound of violins, violas and cellos for professionals, soloists and students of all levels alike
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At The Brisbane Violin Studio you will always be talking to an Internationally trained and experienced Violin Maker and Restorer, not a sales person with little or no experience
You will always receive Honest and True assessments that are in your best interest
Testemonial: Just letting you know we recieved the violin as planned on thursday. It looks great and we think you have done a fantastic job on it, thank you. regards Melinda H
You have less down time, because we plan repair times with clients in advance (very important if you are a professional or tertiary student)
- You always get truly Personalized by Appointment Service
Your Instrument will be set up for the best ease of playing, because we are very experienced in working with musicians of all levels.
We take your body shape and posture into account
Your Instruments will look better through using old tested as well as the most modern restoration techniques (Seeking to retain as much as possible of the original instrument)
The value of instruments will often increase after getting work done at The Violin Studio
- I have worked with musicians of all levels (including concert violinists) since 1986, so I really understand your needs.
Testemonial: Hi Olaf, The violin has arrived and is already getting plenty of use – my daughter is thrilled with it! Thank you for such prompt & professional service! Regards, M.
- We use well seasoned timber. Our good quality bridges have been seasoned for over 25 years
- You receive strictest international standard quality control
- The Violin Studio is the closest violin shop to the main cultural hubs of Brisbane (TQO, Cultural centre, Con, UQ)
- Your instrument will be worked on by International Standard- Experienced violinmaker and restorer, Olaf Grawert, who has worked in Germany and Australia for over 25 years. He also well as draws on the over 50 years of experience from his father, German Master Violinmaker, Helge Grawert
- Ask around: Many professionals around Australia prefer The Violin Studio, so you know that you will get excellent quality and experience
Testemonial: Dear Olaf, Donna got the violin from S. on Saturday. The violin and its sound is beautiful. Thank you very much for your fantastic work in such a short time. kind regards, Joan
- You will receive a Free Instrument Optimization Analysis when you come to the Brisbane Violin Studio
Click Here to make and appointment now to Book your instrument in for a free Check over or call me on 07 38446090
I set up The Violin Studio as a ‘by appointment’ violin shop, because there are plenty of walk in shops around and it is important to me that I can give you the time you deserve. That way I have time for instrument making, restorations and repairs, and you don’t have to wait.
I use the most up to date restoration techniques that will always seek to preserve as much of the original as possible and I try to always keep informed in the latest techniques, so I can do the work in the best possible way for the instrument and the musician. In The Violin Studio I produce and modify violins, violas and cellos that have tonal qualities required for performance at the highest level. This is archived by combine the age-old tradition of Lutherie with new studies into the acoustics of the string family (using research by the Grawert Family and some famous German violin makers). This research has enabled me to use some of the same techniques that were used by the famous 17th and 18th Century Italian Masters with great tonal results. Since a very young age, I spent a lot of time in my fathers violin shop first in Hamburg, and later in Rotenburg (Wümme), Germany. When I was 8, I began learning the violin under Toscho Matov, a second generation Leopold Auer Student. It was a rigorous and disciplined training and it taught me a lot about the importance of a good posture. In 1980 my whole family migrated to Australia, settling in Brisbane. After finishing high school in 1985, I started learning Violinmaking from my father, Master Violin maker Helge Grawert (German Master Degree in Violinmaking 1968). I completed my training and later went into partnership with Helge until 1994. In 1990 I received a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship to further my training and went to Geigenbau Machold in Germany to study the latest restoration techniques of fine instruments. It was a wonderful experience which I still treasure. I worked with some of the worlds finest violin restorers and got to see and work on many rare antique Instruments. In Australia, I am well known for restorations I performed on valuable old Instruments. I love the challenge of restoring instruments in any condition so that you cannot see a single repair. I also love to spend time perfecting the sound of an Instrument. I hope I can be of assistance to you. I will always endeavour to find out your needs and set up your instrument to suit your unique playing style and your individual built. I also offer next day Bridges, Soundposts, Bow Rehairs and simple repairs (usually within 24hrs), because I am aware how important your Instrument is to you. I look forward to providing you with the highest standard of quality and service available in Brisbane, Queensland.
Testimonial: Thank you for the Newsletter Olaf and the excellent tips. My violin seems to sound better each time I play it. Thank you once again. Regards from Kathleen
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