Viola by Stephanie Irvine, Newark, 2016

Viola by Stephanie Irvine, Newark, 2016

About Stephanie Irvine

At 18, Stephanie apprenticed with the luthier Guust François in Amsterdam, where she made a viola after the 16th century Brescian maker Gasparo da Salo. She went on to the Newark School of Violin Making, studying with and working alongside the makers Melvin Goldsmith and David Rattray. 

After graduating in 2017, she moved home to Scotland and set up a workshop in Glasgow with her partner Linus Andersson, a luthier from Sweden. She has since made violins, violas and cellos that are played by students and professionals alike.

About the viola

The viola was made in 2016, whilst Stephanie was still studying at the Newark School of Violin Making. It is modelled after the Andrea Guarneri 'Conte Vitale' viola of 1676. This viola was once described by the Hill family as one of the finest Italian instruments in existence and is a very popular model for both makers and violists alike.

The viola has a one-piece maple back. The front is two pieces of fairly narrow-grained spruce and the varnish is a rich brownish-red, laid over a lighter golden ground. The varnish has been subtly antiqued and the length of back is 15 and 7/8 inches.

How does it sound?

The viola rings well and is easy to play, its slightly smaller size allowing for a comfortable experience. Conte Vitale model violas are usually prized for their combination of power and warmth: this instrument captures these qualities nicely.


The viola is in original mint condition.

Futher information

Please get in touch for more details about this contemporary viola by Stephanie Irvine for sale and a member of our team will get back to you.

More information

For more options, please view other violas in this price range.