Slavko Domitrović

Graditelj violina
Violin maker
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Slavko Domitrović
 

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Beginnings

Kupa u Sisku

Beginnings

The best Croatian violin maker, master craftsman Slavko Domitrović was born on June 30th 1937 at Petrovac, near Sisak, where he completed his secondary music school (violin).

He showed interest in violin making in his youth, so during higher music education he already played on the self-made violin.


 

At the Music Academy

At the Music Academy

At the Music Academy

Master Craftsman Domitrović studied the violin at Zagreb Music Academy. During his studies he had opportunity to visit violinmakers, Ivan Hus, Franjo Šnajder and Rudolf Sloković.

He graduated in 1975, in the class of professor Branko Košir, who still plays on Slavko's violin.

Professor Stahuljak noticed Slavko's talent for violin making and helped him to go to Freiburg, Germany, for further studies.


 

Schooling in Germany

Schooling in Germany

Schooling in Germany

In Freiburg, Germany, in the Workshop of the master craftsman Hans Shicker, Slavko restored and repaired instruments of old, classic schools (Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri, Steiner).

He learnt the secrets of old violin making, and using that experience and knowledge, he made first Domitović violins and sold them in Germany.


 

Return of the master craftsman

Return of the master craftsman

Return of the master craftsman

Master craftsman Domitrović lives at the shores of river Kupa, makes and repairs instruments in the quietness of his home.

Enriched with new knowledge and skills, master craftsman Domitrovic came back to Zagreb in 1983, where he worked as a teacher of violin making at Music School Pavao Markovac and started Workshop for Musical Instruments Making and Restoring.

In 2001, at the competition in Musical Instruments Making 'Jacob Steiner', he won Certificates in three categories, for each of his three instruments: (1) (2) (3).

Today, master craftsman Domitrović lives at the shores of river Kupa, makes and repairs instruments in the quietness of his home.


 

How to make a violin?

How to make a violin?

How to make a violin?

Domitrović's violins are entirely handmade, because, as he says, 'A machine has no soul.' To make one instrument, 150 hours of patient work is necessary.

'To be a good instrument maker, one needs to have a good feeling and a good hearing. I can recognize the quality of a future instrument while holding a piece of wood in my hands. The best wood is Bosnian maple, and for the front part (sound board), I use spruce.'

He makes his own varnish, based on recipes of old masters, using different natural resins and essential oils.


 

Violins with a perfect sound

Violins with a perfect sound

Violins with a perfect sound

Master Craftsman Domitrović makes violins after three different models: Stradivarius, Guarneri, and his own model, which he designed according to his studies of classic schools.

Beside violins, he makes and restores other stringed instruments: violas, cellos and double basses.

Violins

violine
Guarneri, Domitrović, Stradivari
You can see each model on the 100 kB picture.

Violas

viola
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Cellos and Double Basses

bas
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Violinists

Zagrebački kvartet

Violinists

Master Craftsman Domitrović has made more than 250 violins and other stringed instruments. His violins have found a home all around the world: in Wiena, Germany, Spain, the USA. They are played by students and virtosi.


Virtuosi

Goran Končar

Goran Končar

First violin of Zagreb quartet. Music education and perfection of playing he achieved at different European Music Academies. He plays at numerous concerts and tours, as a chamber and solo player.

'Violins made by Slavko Domitrovic are pretty and welldone, characterized by rich sound and light articulation of all four strings.'


Zlatko Stahuljak

Zlatko Stahuljak

Violist, professor at Music Academy in Zagreb, and justiciary connoisseur for stringed instruments.

'Slavko Domitrović is one of the best violin makers in the Central and Southeastern Europe.'


Tonko Ninić

Tonko Ninić

Concert master and art director of Zagrebački Solisti. He played with them all around the world, at more than 2500 concerts.


 

Contact

Place

Contact

If you would like to have an excellent stringed instrument for yourself, or your orchestra, please, contact us at:

Slavko Domitrović
Obala Ruđera Boškovića 13
44000 Sisak
Croatia
Telefon: +385 (0)44 531 230
E-mail: info@violine-domitrovic.com
 
Webmaster: ivica2003@gmail.com
 

 

NEWS

News

News

Master Craftsman Domitrović has started making violins of an excellent and rare material Bird's Eye Maple older than 50 years.


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