Martin Horvat

Violin Maker


Here you find some essential information about me and my work.

Instrument-making combines my early passions: making music, visual arts and science.

As artisan, artist and expert of resonance I bring them into harmony in my Cremona based workshop.

My Instruments


During the years I was studying I would use borrowed instruments and on the days I had to give them back, the separation became more and more painful, as if I was losing a part of myself. I always dreamed of one day owning my own instrument. After years of resaerch, in an exhibition of stringed instruments, I found a truly beautyful violin made by Martin Horvat. It was love at first sight: fine, beautyful, elegant and at the same time strong and defined. But the most important thing: the sound hit me straightaway with that certain “je ne sais quoi”: brilliant, full, rounded and warm, probably the dream of every musician. Several years have gone by and every day I find satisfaction in playing this charming instrument, whether in an orchestra, string quartet or while teaching. Like a good partner, it continually offers me new motivation for my goals and future projects. Moreover, I can always count on Martin's meticulous and proifessional assistance, despite the distance between Vienna and Cremona. I wholeheartedly recommend that colleagues try an instrument made by Martin. The res just happens by itself...

Eniloe CzeleczVienna Chamber Orchestra (Wiener Kammerorchester)

The violoncello (Ruggieri model, 2012) made by Mr. Martin Horvat convinced me immediately regarding its tonal qualities: balanced, easily responding in lower as well as in higher positions. The cello’s tone projects without any effort in the largest halls like Wiener Staatsoper and Musikverein and meets the highest expectations of any fully active, professional musician. I am very pleased to have acquired this instrument

Prof. Robert NagyUniversity for Music and Performing Arts,Vienna Solo cellist, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

In 2013, I acquired a Martin Horvat cello from 2010 and have since performed, recorded, and taught with it. During this time, it has made enormous tonal progress and is not only a reliable instrument when I travel, but a true and fully adequate alternative to my old Venetian instrument. Every cellist would feel fortunate to own it

Martin RummelSoloist

The most convincing modern violin I have ever played

Emmanuel TjeknavorianSoloist