John Kirk began playing the cello at the age of 10. He progressed into college graduating with a Master of Music from Boston University in cello performance studying under George Neikrug. After his travels to Paris studying with Nadia Boulanger, Munich and beyond playing his cello, he thought he might try his hand at making his own cello. After all, he had many years of engineering studies before switching to music and thought making his own cello would be good use of his acquired knowledge. He apprenticed himself to several makers, even cut down a spruce tree from the Beartooth Mountains for spruce tops. This began his journey into the luthier business that he owns today. He has produced several hundred instruments (violins, violas, cellos), maximizing the sound of each instrument he touches. He has recently focused on upper level modern cellos, since that is his passion. Each cello is meticulously handled as each one has its own character. John works diligently to highlight the potential of every instrument. For further information or to purchase a John Kirk cello, contact us.