This instrument is part of the Los Angeles Contemporary Violin & Bow Maker 2017 Exhibition & Sale.
Alkis Rappas has been passionate about violins for over 60 years. He started taking private violin lessons at the age of nine. Soon after, he received formal violin training at the Bucharest School of Music for three years with Mircea Vasilescu, a student of George Enescu.
Alkis completed his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the Bucharest and the Athens Polytechnic Universities. After receiving his PhD from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science, Alkis embarked on a successful career as an R&D engineer and inventor for the next 40 years.
Alkis established his parallel violin making career in early 1980’s, being prompted and excited by the work on the acoustics of violins by Carleen Hutchins. Early on he attended several of Ed Campbell’s Chimneys Violin Workshops to learn the practical applications of acoustic research in violin making. Following, Alkis participated in several of the last annual Oberlin Violin Restoration workshops directed by the late Vahakn Nigogosian, (Nigo), and then all the annual Violin Making workshops at Oberlin College directed by Chris Germain, over the last 26 years. Nigo, the founder of the violin restoration workshop at Oberlin became his mentor and teacher. At these Oberlin workshops Alkis expanded his knowledge and expertise by studying and extensively test-playing a number of classical violin masterpieces, as well as by open sharing of ideas, experiences, techniques and data with his many colleagues and friends, which include some of the best makers worldwide. Thus Alkis learned to appreciate and apply in his own making the key elements of the Italian making traditions, style, character and tonal qualities.
Alkis makes violins and violas intended for professional musicians, advanced students and passionate amateur players. The tonal and artistic qualities of these instruments result from the melding of both traditional Italian violin making methods and principles, and modern day research on the acoustics of violins. One of his violins and a viola were awarded the VSA Silver Medal Tone in 2002 and 2012, respectively. His violas and violins have also been awarded a number of trophies, medals and certificates of merit at the VMAAI Competitions.
Alkis S. Rappas is a member of the Violin Society of America (VSA), and past member of the Catgut Acoustical Society. He is also a member of the Violin Makers Association of Arizona International (VMAAI) where he also served as a judge and on their Board of Directors in the late 1990s. His ASR Violin Studio is in Kingwood (i.e., Houston) Texas.