David Ludwik Chrapkiewicz was inspired by his grandfather, who was an award-winning violin and viola maker. David studied violin making with Alois Vogl and Raymond Forget in Montreal, Canada. David has been a fulltime violin maker since 1979, having his own shop in Iowa City, Nashville, the New York City area, and now the Washington, D.C. area.
He studied antiquing with William Moennig II in Nashville. A musician as well, David has an excellent ear and understanding of how the violin is played. He also has an academic background in science, math, and acoustics.
Orchestras in which David's instruments are played include the Atlanta Symphony, the Cleveland Symphony, the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, Washington Opera Orchestra, and others. David's violins and violas are featured on recordings of classical, popular, and folk music. David's violins and violas are noted for their beautiful workmanship as well as their exceptional clarity and balance of sound both onstage and in the recording studio.
David has entered violins and violas in three international competitions and won awards in all three (2002, 2000 and 1982) including a silver medal for tone at the VSA International Competition in 2002.