About The Speaker
Robert Brewer Young
Robert Brewer Young stands among the world’s most active and respected violinmakers. Trained as a luthier in the artist’s studios of Carnegie Hall in New York, Robert has worked on scores of instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri and other classical Italian masters. He is now devoted exclusively to making signature instruments in the spirit of these Cremonese visionaries. Robert’s cellos, violins and violas are played by soloists and in orchestras around the world. His clientele includes members of The Stockholm, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai Symphonies, The Kirov and Paris Opera Orchestras, Harvard University, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alongside violinmaker Stefan-Peter Greiner, Robert heads the W. E. Hill & Sons workshop in London as one of the recently appointed directors of the historic firm, now located in the former coach house and stables of the Burgh House from 1704, in the heart of historic Hampstead.
As a cello maker, Robert Brewer Young is represented by J & A Beare in London, for whom he makes a limited number of instruments each year.
Before focusing on violinmaking, Robert studied Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and restored antiquarian books in Paris and New York. He uses these skills in his role as designated researcher and restorer of the Hill Archive. He is currently completing doctoral work in mathematics and logic and is on the faculty of the European Graduate School in Switzerland as a lecturer in philosophy.