Justin Hess, from an early age, has had a passion for working with wood. His appreciation for string music, kindled by his mother an orchestral cellist, and his inherent high standards and attention to detail translate naturally to violin making.
Justin attended the North Bennett Street School’s acclaimed violin making program under the tutelage of Roman Barnas where upon graduation he was honored with an award for Distinguished Craftsmanship. Justin went on to work with Christopher Germain and with Frederick Oster, focusing primarily on restoration, before moving to Brooklyn, New York to concentrate on making new instruments with Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Justin is currently the workshop foreman for Samuel Zygmuntowicz and feels fortunate for the influence that Sam has had on the progression of his own making.