Peter White is a violin maker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1980 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study violin making with Jan Pawlikowski and Wladyslaw Stopka in Cracow Poland. That year he also studied with Rajmund&Barbara Swirek in Katowice, Poland. In the early 1980s he opened Old World Violins in Albuquerque and sponsored the 1990 Violin Society Convention and Competition. Since 1977 he has made about 250 violins, violas and cellos, some for very prominent musicians. He also made the mandolin played by Peter Ostroushko known for his playing on radio and in film. Peter White worked closely with Kenneth Keppeler and other makers in New Mexico. In 2008 he founded the New Mexico Musical Heritage Program at The University of New Mexico where he served for thirty eight years as a professor. This program taught students, some Native American or Hispanos, how to make violins. Peter has won dozens of gold and silver medals from the Arizona Violin Makers Association. In 2010 his copies of the works of Andrea Amati were awarded special gold medals by the distinguished jurors of the first international contest for antiqued instruments held in Cremona-Pisogna Italy. Currently he teaches violin making on Periscope, a live and recoded video app from Apple. Peter's violins are played by musicians from Hawaii to St. Petersburg Russia.
Peter white believes that making violins is a spiritual endeavour practiced by violin makers in italy who were greatly influenced by the Franciscan priests of northern Italy. Other Franciscans came to New Mexico to teach violin making to indigenous peoples. Peter strongly believes that he carries the enthusiasm and passion of the makers inspired by the Franciscans who also educated him. He desires to carry these traditions on in his own work. He attempts to think and work as the Italian and Franciscans did in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Albuquerque, N.M 87111
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