The Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop
The Violin Shop’s team of experts offers violin, viola, cello, and bow sales and service in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area, Greater Minnesota, and beyond.
Our mission is to support orchestra students throughout their musical studies. At our full-service violin shop, you’ll find fine instruments, bows, and accessories suitable for players from the youngest beginner to the advancing high school student or the player headed off to college. Whether your student simply loves music or wants to make a career out of it, The Violin Shop has the tools to help them reach their goals. Visit us today at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center.
Shop and play the latest instruments from makers Peter Bingen, Lake City, Eastman, Scott Cao, Snow, Calin Wulter; bows by CodaBow, JonPaul and more; accessories by Pirastro, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna, Bobelock, to name a few. You’ll find instruments for beginning orchestra students in our special room with 1/16 to 4/4 size violins, violas at 12″ to 16.5″, 1/8 to 4/4 size cellos and basses up to 3/4 size.
Try instruments in a comfortable, private setting. Call or email to set up a showing, and get one-on-one help from a specialist.
Meet Our Staff
Peter apprenticed at The Violin Shop of Santa Fe in 2001, which led to enrollment at the North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA) in 2003. While a student he interned at Reuning and Son Violins, and graduated with a diploma in Violin Making and Repair from the North Bennet Street School in 2006. He has worked for violinmaker David Gusset, and violinmaker and restorer Andrew Carruthers.
Awards include Certificate of Merit for Violin Tone (VSA 2006), and First Prize for Workmanship and Playability (Art of Sound Competition 2012). Peter joined the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop in 2017.
Marinos is a professionally trained luthier with an extensive background in music. As a cellist he has been active as a performer, teacher, and chamber coach throughout Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor in Music Performance and then began his training as a luthier by apprenticing for two years under Duluth-based lute maker Daniel Larson. Marinos continued his training at the prestigious and internationally recognized Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City – a four year program dedicated to the construction of new violins, violas, and cellos.
Upon graduating, Marinos was invited to work alongside luthier John Waddle where he spent two years immersed in set-up and tonal adjustments. Marinos joined the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop this past spring and works alongside Head Luthier Peter Bingen providing professional set-up, repair, and tonal adjustments. Marinos is also active as a maker of new violins, violas, and cellos. He resides in Saint Paul with his wife Sarah and their two dogs Lucy and Pam.
Bow Specialist & Luthier / Workshop Outreach
Jennifer comes to us from Durham, North Carolina where she owned her own small shop for over 30 years. She is a professionally trained violin maker and bow technician and is a connoisseur with deep roots in our industry. We know you will find it a pleasure to work with her. Jennifer is an avid concert and recital-goer.
Please reach out to her with an invitation to your upcoming events or stop by her bench at the Brooklyn Center shop anytime.
Nick discovered that violin shops were magic as a young child, tagging along with his big sister as she took her instrument in for repairs and check-ups. He started playing violin in the fourth grade (on an instrument from Schmitt Music) and has never really stopped. Nick graduated from Hampshire College in 2003 with a concentration in Music Composition. After learning about a nearby program teaching instrument repair, he jumped at the chance to trade his job working with databases and spreadsheets for one working with planes, knives, and hide glue. He graduated from the Minnesota State College SE in Red Wing with a diploma in Violin Repair in 2017, and started working for Schmitt Music the following summer. Currently, Nick oversees the quality control of Schmitt Music’s student violins, violas, and cellos, and continues to hone his skills in set-up and repair under the supervision of Peter Bingen. Nick remains excited to be able to work with beautiful things everyday, and to help instruments and musicians perform to their fullest potential.
Luthier Workshop Associate
Nick earned a degree in traditional wooden boat building from the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. A woodworker his whole life, he has built and restored things from sailboats to jewelry boxes. Nick loves being outside adventuring as much as possible. In his spare time he works on projects in his woodshop.
At the Paul A. Schmitt Violin Shop, he is excited for the opportunity to continue to learn and hone his woodworking skills in new ways. Working for Schmitt Music allows him to use all of the knowledge he has gained. This knowledge has led him to truly love the intricacies, passion and hard work that goes into (re)creating beautifully crafted wooden things to last a lifetime.
Luthier Workshop Associate
Isabel first picked up a violin at age five and never looked back! Her love of music and the violin grew throughout her childhood, helped by her participation in Minnesota Youth Symphonies and many other musical opportunities in the Twin Cities. She studied under Sungrai Sohn at Sarah Lawrence College, graduating with a B.A. in 2013.
After a stint studying music history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she was happy to return to her home state and join the Schmitt Music family. Working in the luthier shop has given her a deeper understanding of and a different perspective on the instrument she has played for decades.
Violin, viola, cello, and bass students in grades 6 – 12 are welcome to apply for Chamber Music Summer Camp, an enriching day camp led by the Lux String Quartet! Camp will be held at Schmitt Music Brooklyn Center, July 28 through August 2 – LEARN MORE & APPLY TODAY!
Check out our beautiful shop!
We offer a great selection of instruments and must-have accessories!
Acoustic Instruments By: Peter Bingen, Lake City, Eastman, Scott Cao, Snow, Calin Wulter, Jarek Koscielny, Maciej Lacek, Ivan Dunov, Albert Nebel, Wilhelm Klier, Fredrich Wyss, and Rainer Leonhardt; along with a selection of vintage and consignments instruments.
Electric Instruments By: Yamaha, Wood Violins, and NS Designs
Bows: CodaBow, JonPaul, Arcos Brasil, L’archet Brasil, Alfred Knoll, Dorfler, Amati, and Eastman
Accessories: The Violin Shop carries rosins and strings by Pirastro, Thomastik-Infeld Vienna, and others; shoulder rests by manufacturers including Everest, Bon Musica, Viva la Musica, KUN, Mach One and more; a variety of cases including Eastman, Lake City, Gewa, Core, Bam, and Bobelock.
Print Music: We carry basic methods and a wide offering of scale books, etudes, concerti, and show pieces suitable for advanced players.