Peter Paul Prier
Peter Paul Prier was born in Germany. He began playing the violin at seven years of age. Following his love of the instrument, he entered the Violin Making School in Mittenwald under the guidance of Alouis Hornsteiner, Paul Seckendorf, and Leo Aschauer and worked in the shop of Walter Hamma in Stuttgart.
In 1960 after graduating from the school, he immigrated to the United States to work under Ludwig Aschauer at Pearce Music Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1961 to 1964 Peter played with the Utah Symphony, ending his full time participation when he was drafted into the military. After his service he returned to the symphony for seven concert engagements in Europe and South America performing and caring for the instruments and needs of the string section.
Then, in 1965, he opened his own violin shop in Salt Lake City. In 1972 he established the Violin Making School of America, many graduates of which have some of the finest shops in the world. He founded the Bow Making School of America in 1998. In 2004, Peter opened the Salt Lake City Recital Hall as a venue for up-and-coming musicians. “The Sounding Tree” an unprecedented violin making documentary was made by Peter Paul Prier in 1996 and in 1997 followed “String Stress” teaching simple at home repairs. In 2010 he completed his innovative fifteen disc DVD series of instructional violin making entitled “When Trees Sing”.
Peter Paul Prier is a member of the World renowned Entente International des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers D’Art, of the Verband Deutscher Geigenbauer, and is a founding member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and of the American Society of Violin and Bow Makers.
Peter Prier has constructed 160 violins, 17 violas, 29 cellos, 2 basses, and 3 guitars of classical design.
Many famous musicians and concert soloists such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Joseph Silverstein, violinist and conductor, and solo violinist Daniel Heifetz as well as many others play Peter Paul Prier’s instruments.
Daniel S. Prier
Making violins in the style of the old masters is my passion. Being introduced to the world of violins at a young age, I have been able to learn and hear the tone and quality of the world’s best instruments. At 12 I started my first violin with my father. At 19 I enrolled at the Violin Making School of America and wanting to learn more, at 24 I moved to Chicago in order to attend the Chicago School of Violin Making. At 26 I had the chance to work with Carl F. Becker. Now in my 30’s, I’ve moved back home to be closer to my family and the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake, hoping to serve the musicians in the intermountain west and to try to achieve the standards of the old masters.
THE FRIENDLY STAFF OF PETER PRIER & SONS
OWNER - Peter Prier
Peter Prier opened his violin shop in 1965. He has hand selected a team of highly trained individuals who work well with him and with our customers. Peter’s expertise in the fields of violin making and the study of fine violins has maintained the credibility and professionalism we strive for these forty plus years.
SALES, REPAIRS & RESTORATION - Daniel Prier
Daniel Prier is the youngest son of Peter Prier and began making violins when he was only twelve years old. Dan brings an experienced eye that he has developed by learning from his father, his schooling, and his work with the Becker’s in Chicago. Dan’s friendly attitude and quick mind make it easy for him to translate to customers and colleagues his knowledge about technique and craft.
SALES / OFFICE MANAGER - Callie Reed
Callie Reed joined the violin shop team in August of 2008. She loves to play the violin and has even made two of her own. Callie contributes to our sales from a musician’s standpoint and always wants to help the customer end up with an instrument they love. In the office she is in charge of our books and finances and brings her experience and eye for detail to the job.