Joseph Curtin is a violin maker, researcher, and 2005 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Toronto, Canada, he studied violin making there with Otto Erdesz and subsequently worked as a maker in Toronto, Paris, and Cremona. In 1985, he and Gregg Alf established the firm of Curtin & Alf in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Twelve years later, Curtin opened his own studios there.
Curtin has built violins for some of the most distinguished artists of our time, including Erick Friedman, Ilya Kaler, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Yehudi Menuhin, and Ruggiero Ricci. In 2013, the "ex-Ricci" Curtin & Alf violin sold in auction, setting a world-record price for the work of living makers.