- Laurence Libin
Family of Czech violin makers. František Špidlen (b Sklenarice, Czech Republic, 1867; d Prague, Czech Republic, 16 Feb 1916), a farmer’s son, learned violin making from his brother-in-law František Vitaček and later from Josef Cermak in Český Šumburk. In 1886 he went to Kiev to manage musical instruments in a department store. After military service in Bohemia he returned to Kiev in ...