16 1/2" Jason Viseltear viola, da Salò model, New York 2021
Jason Viseltear began his violin making career working with Robert Brewer Young, with whom he established the business Viseltear & Young in Manhattan in 1995. Viseltear continued his studies with Brice Dupin de Saint Cyr, Michael Sheibley, and François Denis, and since 2006, has run his own business crafting contemporary and Baroque model instruments. He works with leading makers and researchers at the annual Violin Society of America Workshops held at Oberlin College, focusing on the methods of classical masters as well as current innovations.
Viseltear has won numerous awards for his instruments, including a Gold Medal for viola and a Certificate of Merit for quartet in the 2014 Violin Society of America competition. Past VSA awards include a Silver Medal for quartet tone and Certificates of Merit for violin tone and viola tone in 2012. His instruments are in the hands of top professionals as well as in conservatory and private collections, including Juilliard, Harvard University, Colburn Conservatory, and Yale. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and has been featured in interviews for Loyal magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal.