Marinos Glitsos

I am a professionally trained luthier residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

My father was a Greek immigrant and was a master carpenter. My mother, while not a musician, heavily encouraged my siblings and me to study classical music from a very young age.

I studied the cello and went on to complete a Bachelor's of Music, with a concentration in cello performance. 

After earning my undergraduate degree I was fortunate to apprentice with prominent lute maker and gut string manufacturer Daniel Larson of Duluth, Minnesota where I was introduced to violin making.

After serving a two year apprenticeship in his shop I enrolled at the prestigious Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah where I studied under award winning violin maker Sanghoon Lee. 

Upon graduating from violin making school I spent the next two years working alongside renowned violin maker and restorer John Waddle in his Saint Paul, Minnesota workshop where I had access to some of the finest examples of historical and contemporary instruments.

I now divide my time between providing professional setups for the Paul A. Schmitt Violin shop in Brooklyn Center, and the construction of new violins, violas, and cellos which I make from my home studio in Saint Paul.