Intricacy, accuracy and precision.

We take an expertise led approach to our violins. The very same processes used in our authentication and restoration are applied to the process of making. Over several decades, our processes have been refined to a point where it can take an internal ‘Florian Leonhard’ brand mark to tell the difference between our copy and the original.

Creating True Copies in the Presence of the Originals

The level of precision and accuracy applied throughout the making process sets our true copies apart. Rather than referring only to photographs and measurements, our makers have the original instruments to hand. This allows an unrivalled degree of study, and results in a copy which closely matches the original in appearance, character and sound.

Standing Confidently Alongside Old Italian Instruments

Instruments made by the Old Italian Masters are some of the most sought-after in the world. Florian has spent years studying these instruments, and has perfected the craft of new making to the point that distinguished soloists have commented on how much Florian’s violins sound and feel like the originals to play.

New Making Team

True Copies represent the highest levels of new making seen anywhere today. Our talented and skilled team are selected from the very best makers globally and continually build upon a huge shared wealth of in-house experience and expertise. Find out more about our skilled, talented team below.

The New Making Team

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

Florian Leonhard

Director

Florian Leonhard has dedicated his life to studying, restoring and making violins. After Mittenwald he worked for W.E. Hill and Sons becoming Head Restorer. Today he leads his own team of restorers. Informed by 40 years of research, Florian’s bench copy instruments are sought after for their acoustic and visual closeness to the originals.

A regular contributor to books and articles and having published his books, The Makers of Central Italy and The Makers of Tuscany, Florian is currently conducting research on the Bisiach family for a book due to be published next year.

Florian is regularly called upon as a jury member for violin competitions, and has held the position of President at the Pisogne Making Competition in Cremona. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins is widely considered both the leading dealership and restoration workshop in the world.

Melina Polizzi

Head of New Making

Melina was born in Venice, and grew up in Germany and Austria. She has always been interested in fine arts and crafts, which inspired her to move back to Italy. Melina completed her degree as a luthier at I.I.S Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, in 2011. Following her studies, Melina worked as an Assistant at Gregg Alf’s workshop in Venice and the U.S.A., before coming to work at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2016 as a New Maker.

Lauri

Head of Bow Making and Restoration

Lauri made his first musical instrument when he was 15 years old. He first studied to be a guitar maker, and worked as a guitar maker in Helsinki for five years. Developing interest in the restoration of historical instruments, he decided to take up studying violin making at Newark School of Violin Making, graduating in 2013. During his studies, Lauri turned his attention to bows, attending the BVMA course and VSA Oberlin summer courses, before starting at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins in 2015. Lauri has a great interest in the working methods of old violins and bow makers, and enjoys reading historical woodworking publications. Lauri also lends his services as a bow restorer to the Royal Academy of Music two days a month.

Ines Lecher

New Maker

Ines was studying Photography and Fine Arts in Vienna when she decided to train in violin making at Newark School of Violin Making and Repair. After completing her degree as a luthier, Ines moved to Berlin. Here, she mainly focused on restoration, whilst getting to know the different aspects of making by dipping into the world of Baroque instruments.

New Making Testimonials

Florian Leonhard Fine Violins bench copies are widely sought-after for their remarkable likeness to the originals and the rich and powerful sound they produce. This collection of testimonials comes from artists who own or play one of our copies.

New Making Testimonials

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

Professor Leonid Kerbel

Brussels Conservatory (Belgium) and Royal College of music (London)

"The uncompromising quality in every aspect of violin making made me passionate about the work of the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins workshop.

It is this uncompromising knowledge, sensitivity and love for beautiful tone that made me decide to purchase my instrument, a Stradivari copy, from this outstanding workshop. After each performance I make, solo, recital or chamber music, the audiences ask me: ‘Are you playing on an Italian instrument?’ They are completely astonished when they learn that it is a modern instrument with an Old Italian sound!"

Professor Tomotada Soh

Royal Academy of Music (London)

"The violin you kindly sold me, made by you and your expert craftsmen in your workshop just gets better every day. The sound is golden and it carries to the back of huge concert halls. It is my pride and joy and admired by professionals and students around the world, it is a remarkable instrument and looks absolutely beautiful.

Thank you for making such fine instruments and giving such pleasure to all musicians."

Katerina Nazarova

Soloist

"I was originally loaned my instrument, a copy of the 1692 ex-Falmouth long pattern Strad, back in 2012 for a competition but I fell in love with it immediately and had to have it. Mind you, it took me a whole year to persuade Florian to sell it to me as it is such an exceptional copy he didn’t want to let go of it! It has a most beautiful warm sound to it but is also incredibly deep and rich too. And the instrument looks like the real deal, it’s so beautiful. Having held it and played it alongside real Strads of that era there is hardly any difference. People are always asking me what my instrument is, and they never believe me when I tell them!"

Fedor Rudin

Concertmaster of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic, Soloist and Competition Winner

"I play a “Kreutzer” Stradivari copy made by Florian Leonhard. When I got the violin in 2010, it was one of the first copies of antique violins to come out from the workshop. I am so lucky to have it! It has a very warm and powerful sound, which you rarely find in modern violins. Very often after playing a concert on it, when people ask about my instrument, nobody believes this is a modern instrument. Florian’s more recent violins look even more beautiful and antique, but I am very happy with mine and I will continue to enjoy playing on it!"

Vadim Tsibulevsky

1st Concertmaster of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Amsterdam), Soloist and Chamber Musician

"I am absolutely in love with this violin. It is so pleasant and easy to play on! It immediately responds to the smallest nuances in sound or colour… the violin has very projective big warm sound with a lot of depth. It feels, looks and, most importantly, sounds like an old instrument. Thank you, dear Florian!"

How to order your perfect instrument

01.

Visit us to see what all the fuss is about!

The only way to truly appreciate an instrument is in person. Get in touch to arrange trying instruments we have made for other clients, to get a feel for which model would work for you.

02.

Place your order to join the waiting list

A refundable 10% deposit secures your place in the queue. After about 2 years your instrument will be ready for you to collect.

03.

The process doesn’t end there

In fact the journey continues now you’re a member of a very special club. Our expert luthiers will work with you tirelessly, adjusting your new instrument to ensure you are delighted with your new partner in music making. Bring your violin to us for regular check-ups with the workshop that knows your instrument inside-out.