Lukas Wronski, owner of Lukas Violins in NYC, is a master luthier specializing in violin making, custom violins, tonal sound adjustments, expert restorations, repairs, appraisals, expertise, sales and complete servicing of fine and rare stringed instruments and bows.
Instruments made by Lukas have received many awards and been appreciated by many great musicians. Lukas has participated in a variety of international violin making competitions and exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States in Poznan, Paris, Cremona, Moscow, New York, Baltimore, Portland, and Shanghai. In addition, he is an avid painter and has taken part in numerous art exhibitions in Europe and the US. In 2019 he was invited to judge the first “China Campus Violin- and Bow-making Competition.”
Lukas Wronski was born in Poland into a centuries-old family artistic tradition. Everyone in his family played an instrument, the violin being the most highly prized. From childhood he was surrounded by music and art. His parents, Jadwiga and Wojciech Wronski, were both musicians and teachers. Lukas started playing the violin at age 9. His experience as a luthier began at the early age of 13, when he made his first violin at the atelier of Adam Stalmach in his hometown of Limanowa. Lukas’s love of music, violin making, and art launched his long years of study in Poland and Italy, leading to the achievement of his Master of Arts degree in violin making.
Lukas graduated from Kenar's College of Arts in Zakopane, Poland, in the string instrument making class under Stanislaw Mardula. In 2002 he was awarded his Master of Arts degree with honors from I.J. Paderewski’s Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, for his artistry in violin making and restoration under Antoni Krupa. In the same year he received an award from the Mayor of the City of Poznan for his extraordinary achievements. His Master’s thesis was “Copies of Violins in the 18th to 20th Centuries in the Development of Violin Making in Europe.” He also holds a Post-graduate diploma in Culture Management from the University of Social Skills in Poznan. After 9 years of long and very intensive studies in Poland, Lukas moved in 2003 to Cremona, Italy, where he worked in distinguished ateliers of violin making. In 2008 he moved to New York, where he worked for some of Manhattan’s most reputable makers and instrument dealers.
Lukas Wronski opened his own violin making atelier, Lukas Violins, in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 2012. In 2014 Lukas moved his shop to 96th Street and Broadway, in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to better suit his clientele. His shop quickly became one of the busiest and most trusted shops in the New York area. His shop was featured in America’s popular TV Show Handcrafted America. His work has been featured in TV documentaries, talks, and journals.
Lukas is himself a musician, music producer and painter. As a performer interested in various styles, he plays violin and sings in jazz and world music ensembles.