First of the Konya makers of Hungary. Initially a photographer, then taught himself to make violins in the 1960s. Later studied in Cremona and was asked to make violins for the Menuhin School in the UK. Won various medals. His two sons, Istvan II (who later Italianised his name to Stefano Conia) and Lajos both became makers.
Born to an artistic family in Los Angeles on January 30th, 1957, Gregg Alf is widely regarded as one of today’s leading violin makers. Musically inclined, he studied the violin as a child and made his first violin in 1975.
At age 19, he moved to Cremona, Italy where over eight years he graduated from the International Violinmaking School in Cremona and earned a growing reputation for his work. He returned to the USA in 1984 and with his friend, Joseph Curtin, founded the violinmaking studios of Curtin & Alf. From that collaboration grew ALF STUDIOS which continues to this day in Ann Arbor, Michigan.