Saulius Urbietis violin maker

Vilnius, Lithuania 

Saulius Urbietis, born on October 17, 1962, in Šiauliai, Lithuania, began his journey into craftsmanship at the age of 14, apprenticing under his grandfather in the art of carpentry. Under his guidance, Saulius learned the intricacies of working with tools such as knives, saws, and planes, primarily focusing on furniture making. At 16, he embarked on his first violin-making endeavor, drawing inspiration from the teachings found in the works of masters like A. Leman and J. Vitacek. From 1984 to 1988, Saulius honed his craft further at the International Studio of Violin Making under the tutelage of Denis Yarovoy, a distinguished disciple of esteemed luthiers Armando Monterumic and Giuseppe Fiorini. In 1989, Saulius commenced his professional career as a master craftsman with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Seeking broader horizons, he ventured to Poland from 1990 to 1997, where he contributed his expertise to the prestigious Warsaw Philharmonic. Upon his return to Lithuania in 1998, Saulius fulfilled his dream of establishing his own violin-making workshop. Over the years, his dedication and skill have borne fruit in the form of over 400 violins and violas, each a testament to his passion and commitment to excellence. Renowned for their rich, resonant tones and vibrant timbre, Saulius Urbietis's instruments have garnered acclaim from musicians worldwide. Many accomplished violinists wielding his creations have triumphed in esteemed international competitions, further solidifying Saulius's legacy as a master craftsman of unparalleled distinction.