Muller's deep appreciation
of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail comes from his many faceted
background. He is a professional violist, a violin maker, an award winning
sculptor and painter. Decades of hands on experience and familiarity
with the "Gibson" Guarneri del Gesu, the concert instrument
of Ruggiero Ricci for over 40 years, has been a major influence in his
construction methods. Muller's friend and teacher, Louis Lionel Grand,
was another guiding light in his violin making. The combination of all
these influences has lead to what many call, "the incomparable
sound" of Muller violins and violas. During
the making process, he judges the arching and graduations of each instrument
to complement the choice of wood, always adhering to the knowledge acquired
from the great masters of Cremona.
Muller, an active professional violist, plays exclusively on his own instrument
made in 1999. He tours nationally and has recorded numerous CDs with it.
"I think being a performer myself, I have an advantage over other
violin makers, especially when it comes to judging sound, building an
instrument that's comfortable to play, and definitely for bridge and sound
renowned virtuoso, Ruggiero Ricci, favors several Muller violins and selected
a Guarneri Model, made in 1999, for his CD, The
Legacy of Cremona. Muller violins and violas are currently in
the hands of numerous professionals.
a serious violin maker schooled in the historic traditions of the great
Italian masters, Muller is not opposed to venturing into the unconventional
upon request. His "Cowboy Boot" violin garnered much praise
and attention at the 1998, "A Celebration of American Excellence",
violin making exhibit, in New York City. Muller also takes requests for
custom hand carved fittings, including pegs, tail-pieces, even scrolls!
The horse-head scroll seen on this website is just one example of the
fine custom carvings offered.
in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, a wonderful Victorian village on the bank
of the Susquehanna River, William Muller is only 3 hours from New York,
Philadelphia and Baltimore, making him accessible to musicians from all
three metropolitan areas
WILLIAM PAUL MULLER