Justin Hess’ 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 violin making.
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.
Justin has participated in two international Violin Society of America biannual competitions; he was awarded a Gold Medal for Violin in 2018 and a Silver Medal for Violin Workmanship in 2016.
Justin is currently the workshop foreman and manager for Samuel Zygmuntowicz. He also makes instruments under his own name outside of his daily responsibilities at the Zygmuntowicz Workshop.