Justin Hess, based in Brooklyn NY, is the workshop foreman and manager for violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz. Outside of his daily responsibilities at the Zygmuntowicz Workshop Justin also makes award-winning instruments under his own name.
Justin’s appreciation for string music was originally kindled by his mother, an orchestral cellist. This and his aptitude for woodworking, inherently high standards, and attention to detail translate naturally to making instruments.
He attended the North Bennett Street School’s acclaimed violin making and repair program in Boston where he was honored with an award for Distinguished Craftsmanship upon graduation. He went on to work with Christopher Germain and with Frederick Oster, focusing primarily on restoration, before moving to New York City to concentrate on making new instruments with Samuel Zygmuntowicz in 2012.
Participating in two international Violin Society of America biannual competitions Justin was awarded a Gold Medal for Violin in 2018 and a Silver Medal for Violin Workmanship in 2016.