About Us

Kirk Violins is a family run business in Montana devoted primarily to the art of making and repairing stringed instruments. Owner and Luthier, John Kirk, started his first shop in 1984 near the Beartooth Mountains of Montana.

John has spent much time developing and enhancing techniques that contribute to the tonal superiority of an instrument. To quote John, “There is no great mystery in how to produce a fine sounding violin. You start with a few nice pieces of wood and scrape away everything that is not a fine sounding violin.”

In fact, it has taken years of persistence and plain hard work to produce the level of instrument that we ourselves would love to own. To quote John again, “I wanted to make something that sounded like an old Italian instrument that would also fit within a musician’s budget.”

Indeed, Kirk’s instruments produce a rich, beautiful sound that has warmed the hearts of hundreds of players and thousands of listeners.


Classics for Kids Foundation

Mr John Kirk is the Instrument Coordinator for Classics for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants for high-quality string instruments. If you would like to find out more about grants,  how to qualify, or have any questions on placing an order, please contact the Artistic Director,  Michael Reynolds.  If you would like to find out more about the foundation, and how to donate, please click here.