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“My viola is a Tertis model made by the incredible luthier Kile Hill.”

— Drew Alexander Forde

Kile Edward Hill

Crafting Musical Masterpieces: Where Tradition and Innovation Converge

In a world where technology seems to shape every facet of our lives, there are still artisans who uphold age-old traditions of crafting instruments of exceptional beauty and resonance. As a luthier, I stand at the intersection of art and craft, dedicated to fashioning exquisite violins, violas, and cellos that transcend mere instruments, becoming conduits for profound musical expression. Each instrument is a testament to my commitment to tradition and innovation.

My instruments have a broad appeal. They enable beginners start their musical journey with something special. At the same time, experts love them for their quality and sound.

Juilliard-trained violist and teacher Drew Alexander Forde has performed as a soloist around the world after studying with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. He is also one of the most-followed classical musicians on Instagram, using the handle @ThatViolaKid.
Honoring Tradition, Embracing Innovation

My journey as a luthier begins with an unshakable reverence for tradition. I meticulously source the finest tonewoods, each piece selected with utmost care to ensure the distinct character and tonal qualities that have defined classical instruments for centuries. The resonance of spruce, the warmth of maple – these are the building blocks upon which my creations come to life. Employing time-honored methods and techniques passed down through generations, I shape, carve, and assemble these materials with a deep understanding of their innate potential.

The Artistry of Sound

What sets my instruments apart is the recognition that crafting a violin, viola, or cello is not just an act of construction, but a work of artistry. Each chisel stroke, every curve refined, contributes to a symphony of aesthetics and acoustics. The artistry of sound is about striking the perfect balance between form and function, a harmony that results in instruments that are not only visually stunning but emit a tone that stirs the soul.

Tradition alone does not suffice in a world that craves novelty and ingenuity. Here is where innovation steps in. My workshop is a cauldron of creativity, where tradition and innovation coalesce. I explore novel techniques, pushing boundaries while retaining the essence of what makes these instruments timeless. From subtle ergonomic adjustments to innovative varnish formulations, every choice is deliberate, aimed at enhancing playability, resonance, and aesthetic allure.
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Unlock your potential and create a musical legacy with an instrument that embodies the essence of your artistry. With an unwavering commitment to quality and an artistic vision that knows no bounds, I craft instruments that are not just tools but extensions of your soulful expression.