Frank Albert - Owner
performance experience includes The Kennedy Center, Western-Piedmont Symphony, Union Symphony and many smaller ensembles including his own group 7 String Theory whom he composes for and presents school workshops with. Frank has taught strings for 25 years through his own studios and in several private and charter schools. Frank began training in instrument repair with Timothy Donley in 2008 and with Francis Morris and Paul Weissmeyer at the Violin Repair Institute in New Hampshire, earning certification in Level I and II as a repair technician. Frank and Tim work collaboratively on many repair and restoration projects at the busy Davidson Violins workshop. Frank is available by appointment to evaluate old instruments, explore electric instruments or to assist you with selecting the best bow and instrument to suit your needs.
Timothy Donley has played violin since the age of four and began his training in violin restoration in 1991 through an apprenticeship with restorer and maker John D. Larrimore in Richmond, Virginia. After completing his apprenticeship he founded a violin shop in Charlotte in 2000 and has been serving musicians throughout the Carolinas since that time. After more than twenty years of experience in the restoration and repair of fine string instruments and bows Tim continues to offer quality restorations, world-class adjustments, and a full range of service for violin, viola, cello, double bass, bows, and related instruments. He also builds a limited number of violins and violas. Tim is available by appointment at Davidson Violins.