K. Beckmann started making violins in 1979. He opened the Beckmann
Violin Shop in the Kansas City area in 1989. He continues to garnish
critical acclaim for his instruments from both professional performers
and teachers alike. Major influences on Beckmann's work include
his study of violin restoration with the renowned Vahakn Nigogosian,
his association with Amos Hargrave. Prior to opening the Beckmann
Violin Shop, Kenneth worked at the Amati Violin Shop in Houston and
Violin Shop in Portland, Oregon, under Peter Shaw and Paul Schuback.
Beckmann's instruments have won numerous awards at the Violin Society
of America's International Competitions. A listing of these awards
can be found on the Awards page. Ken is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
"My influence in violin making comes from my association with many fine makers.
My participation in the violin making workshop at Oberlin College
has been one of the great experiences in my career. It was at Oberlin
that I was introduced to Francois Denis’ work on proportional design,
the method in which instruments are drawn using geometric techniques
from the Renaissance rather than copying the outlines of existing
instruments. I was fortunate to be able to further my knowledge through
intensive study with Francois and a small group of makers from
Europe and the
U.S. For me this method provides an avenue toward creating a unique
instrument while still embracing the classical traditions of violin
~ Ken Beckmann