Violin made by Harry Vatiliotis

Made by Vatiliotis, Harry in Concord, New South Wales, Australia, 2001.

Harry Vatiliotis is regarded as one of Australia’s finest violin makers. His career spans over 40 years and began as a young repairer and maker under AE Smith, who is considered by many to be Australia’s finest violin maker to date. Vatiliotis is one of the last makers who was trained by Smith and that is still working professionally. Many other famous Australian makers and repairers have gone through the Smith Workshop and the list reads like a “who’s who” of violin making. These makers include...


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Physical Description

Violin, case and accessories, spruce / maple / vinyl / metal / fabric, violin made by Harry Vatiliotis, Concord, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2001.

Violin with European spruce belly and maple back and ribs. It has a single piece back with straight grain running horizontally across the back. The fine tuner is on the top e string. There is an ebony fingerboard and timber tuning pegs. The carved scroll and neck is made from the one piece of maple. A chin rest is attached. Visible through the soundholes are a label and text written on wood.

The case is rectangular and of brown vinyl with zippers and a lockable clasp. There is a plastic handle and adjustable fabric shoulder strap. The interior is lined with yellow velvet. There is space for a violin and a compartment at one end. The violin is secured into the case via a velcro strap.

Rectangular yellow velvet cloth lined with yellow fabric.

Clear plastic length labelled with manufacturer's name.



The violin was designed and made by Harry Vatiliotis after The Kochanski violin by Guarneri del Gesu of 1741. The violin was made in Concord, New South Wales, Australia, 2001.


Vatiliotis, Harry 2001


Del Gesu, Guarneri 1741



The violin has been used for a comparative study with other violins. Details of this will become available when the results are published. Construction of the violin has been photographed by the museum and the maker. Video footage has also been taken of parts of the making process.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the E A & V I Crome Bequest, 2002

Acquisition Date

1 March 2002

Cite this Object


Violin made by Harry Vatiliotis 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2018, <>


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