‘Players have knocked on my door in a panic’ - My Space: David Segal


The luthier gives an overview of his busy Manhattan workshop

I graduated from the Cremona School of Violin Making in 1972 and then worked with Simone Fernando Sacconi, who invited me to New York a year later to work at Rembert Wurlitzer’s shop. That closed down in 1974 and I started my own business. I’ve had three different workshops since then, and since 1986 I’ve been based on West 68th Street. It’s close to Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera House and the Juilliard School, which makes it very convenient for musicians and students to come over. It’s happened that members of the New York Philharmonic have knocked on my door in a panic, when they’ve left their instrument at home and need to borrow one from me!…

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