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Philip J. Kass

Curator of String Instruments, History of the Violin

Philip J. Kass is a respected expert, appraiser, consultant, and writer about fine classic stringed instruments and bows. From 1977 until 2002, he was an associate of William Moennig & Son, Ltd. of Philadelphia, where he handled many of the world's great stringed instruments.

He has published numerous articles in such journals as The Strad, the Journal of the Violin Society of America, Smithsonian, and Strings, as well as preparing numerous entries for both the previous and current editions of the new Grove's Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. He was a contributing author to The British Violin, published by the British Violin Makers Association in 1999.

Since 1981 he has been a frequent lecturer for the Violin Society of America, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, and the British Violin Makers Association. A member of the Violin Society of America since 1975, he has served on its board of directors since 1976, as vice president from 1985 to 1997, and as president from 1997 until early 1999.

Mr. Kass joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2006.