“The viola is fantastic!”

Petra Berenyi
Violist,  North Carolina Symphony and cimbalom player


My viola model is inspired by an Andrea Amati of 1560  found in the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. I build it in two body sizes: 41.6 cm (16-3/8″) and 40.0 cm (15-5/8″).

I was drawn to the beautiful outline of the body and elegant carving and proportions of the scroll of this instrument, as well as the great reputation Amati violas have earned among generations of violists. I established the body length and scaled the instruments accordingly to maintain the flowing lines. I designed the archings and set the rib height with an eye towards, power, responsiveness, articulation, and of course, a wonderfully rich and woody viola tone.

This selection of images comes from a variety of violas I have made. I encourage you to call me email with your questions, to check on availability, and to arrange an audition and studio visit. Click any image to enlarge.

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