|Riedstra's Violin Shop Inc is
a full service violin, viola, cello, bass and bow dealer and repair facility. We
also have a new division that sells and services (minor repairs) all brass and
Members of our
staff have a combined total of over 80 years experience and training to help you with your
violin family instrument needs.
Job Opportunities: Click here for more information about one opening currently
Henry Riedstra, Honours
B.A., B.Ed.: president, with over 30 years experience as a luthier (violin and bow
maker/restorer) and appraiser. Apprenticed in violin making and restoration (1978-1984)
with Pete Molenaar (professional European violin maker, restorer, appraiser, and
reseacher) of Toronto . Henry undertook further in-depth training in appraisal and
authentication, including some time with Dario D'Attili. Henry used to play the cello
professionally in the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing
free-lance and studio work. In addition to the cello, he also plays the violin. He has
also been a teacher since 1979. Henry has also repaired brass and woodwind instruments for
Interview with Henry
Linda Riedstra, B.A.,
B.Ed.: Store Manager and book keeper.
Violin and bow makers who work in our shops:
In 2016, Quentin was granted the level of "Master Violin Maker and
Restorer" in our shop. He is a graduate of the School of Violin Making
in Newark, England (2006). He received the position of full-time violin
maker and restorer in our store in Kitchener in August 2006. His latest
new-made violin has a wonderful sound, and is for sale in our store for
$10000. He also does restorations, repairs, and varnish touch-ups to all
violin family instruments.
Richard is a violin maker and repairman in our Stratford workshop. He
has studied violin and bow restoration with Henry Riedstra in our
Stratford Workshop since May 2006. He does repairs and restorations
daily on violins, violas, cellos, string basses and bows.
William is a fine
violin, guitar and mandolin maker.
Alex Baias started working for us in 2012. He is a fully trained bow
maker and restorer with five years experience in France working for a
top French bow maker. He also has five years experience making violin
parts in Romania. He is presently making several bows in our shop as
well as doing fine repairs, restorations and rehairing of violin, viola,
cello and bass bows.
Other Musicians in our Family:
Richard F. Riedstra (1927-2011) was the head of Music at
Elmira District Secondary School in Ontario, from 1965 to 1987. He was a
professional French Horn player from 1946 to 2008, but also played the
String Bass in Dance bands in the the 1950's. In addition, he wrote and
arranged music for professional bands as well as conducting various
bands and a youth orchestra in Canada.
Maria G. Riedstra (1929-2013) was a professional violinist and
the concertmaster of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in the
1960's - 1970's continuing thereafter as the principal second violinist.
Many of her private violin students still play today, and several play
professionally. See also taught string players in many elementary and
secondary schools in Waterloo County, Ontario, for over fifteen years.
In addition, she conducted church choirs and played piano, organ and
accordion as a fine accompanist. She was the daughter of a Dutch
musician-teacher-band leader who was also a composer / arranger of more
than 300 pieces and books of accordion and piano music, named Henk
Lutzen Riedstra is a fine bassoonist.
has been playing violin since she was five. She is a student of Andrea
Barstad of Stratford and Maria J. Riedstra of Toronto. She performed
with the Kitchener Waterloo Youth Orchestra as a violinist for three
years. She has a Masters degree in Education and is an elementary school
teacher in the Belleville area, Ontario. She teaches private violin
lessons as well.
played the violin for six years. Then she switched to the String Bass
and the Electric Bass. She played Bass for several years in high school,
as well as two years in the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra. She is
also a qualified funeral director, book publishing agent, editor and
marketer, and has a honours BA degree in Women's issues and Religious
Studies from McMaster University.
plays violin and trombone. He has an honours BA in Psychology from
University of Waterloo, Ontario and works in Social Services. He has
some training in violin making and repair.
We have two job
JOB VACANCY 1. We require a well-trained
brass and woodwind repair person. Please
send your resume to the address below.
JOB VACANCY 2 – Violin Repairer/ Maker
We presently have a job opportunity for a full-time violin
repairer/maker at our workshop in Stratford, ON, to start as soon as
We are looking for a self-starting candidate wishing to further their
career in this interesting and very precise field. You must be capable
and organized. You should enjoy working as part of a team, but also have
the confidence and maturity to work independently. You will be
responsible for repairs, some making of parts, as well as varnishing and
varnish restoration work and other associated workshop duties. The range
of work here is both exciting and challenging.
Riedstra’s Violin Shop Inc is well known for outstanding repairs,
restorations, sound improvements, new making, and sales of student to
professional violin family instruments.
Please email or post good quality photographs of your best work
together with a resume to the above address. All applicants will be
answered and the best will be chosen for an interview at a convenient
time in March or April 2017.
Qualified applicants: If
you would like us to keep your application on file, please send your application to our
Stratford location at:
Riedstra's Violin Shop
38 Neal Avenue
Stratford, Ontario, Canada N5A 6W8