- Laurence Libin
(b San Francisco, CA, July 10, 1951). American violin maker. His interests in art and in the violin began at age six. In 1977, he was one of the first graduates of the School of Violin Making in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thereafter he worked in San Francisco as a restorer for Frank Passa, a pupil of Simone Fernando Sacconi, until opening his own workshop in 1979; the business moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1990. Gusset has won numerous awards in American and international competitions for violin, viola, and cello making; one of his prize-winning violins was acquired in 1985 for permanent display in the Antonio Stradivari Museum in Cremona. He has also judged competitions. As well as making instruments of his own design after classic Italian models, he produces antiqued copies. He has studied and documented historical instruments for the Smithsonian Institution, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and elsewhere, and has written for ...