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About our Makers: Xuechang Sun

White, unfinished violins Maker Bio: Xuechang Sun

Master maker Xuechang Sun has worked as a celebrated and accomplished luthier since the 1960's in Beijing.

His work has earned him many accolades, including a Gold medal for craftsmanship and a Silver medal for tone in cello making at the National Violin Making Competition in China (1987) and a certificate of merit for bass workmanship at the 15th International Violin Society of America (VSA) Competition and Exhibition (2002).

Though Mr. Sun's basic workshop instruments sold by other shops via various distribution companies, Fiddleheads' Owner Rhiannon Nachbaur works closely with the workshop head directly for decades to produce and further develop exclusive improved editions of these instruments.

From the natrually-seasoned and beautifully flamed tone woods to her chosen custom varnishes, warm and clear tone and delicate finishing work, it's all been finely honed between Rhiannon and this hidden gem of a world-class workshop.

Beyond the enhanced construction to Rhiannon's demanding and heightened professional standards, she has each instrument lovingly setup by her luthier in Canada before she personally tests them for tone and playability before they are sent to their new owners.

Fun fact: Most Fiddleheads Violin Studio students studying with Rhiannon since 2002 had their musical start on a Sun workshop violin or viola! These instruments have been there for hundreds of our students and customers so Rhiannon have a special place in her heart for them.

See Sun Instruments Here