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Official Luthier of the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

Maker of fine stringed instruments for discerning professional artists

10682 SHERBORNE ROAD FISHERS, IN 46038, USA    TEL: 317.595.9144 



For many years now I have had the pleasure of having Mark Russell adjust and work on my violin. His exquisite sensitivity for sound and impeccable workmanship places Mark Russell amongst today's finest luthiers.

Mauricio Fuks

Rudy Professor of Music (Violin)

Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University




Revitalizing old instruments while preserving integrity and originality


Delicate and personalized tuning to meet the highest standards of performance


Precise bow maintenance and rehair using top-quality materials and expert craftsmanship 


Fine instruments and bows for sale





After a few years of repairing and making various stringed instruments, I accepted a position in the workshop of Ole Steffan Dahl on January 1st, 1980. During this period, Ole instituted the String Tech program at Indiana University, where I also attended as a member of the initial class. 

An invitation from Johnson String Instruments in 1982

led me to Boston, where I worked alongside Roger Johnson, in their string repair department. Returning to Bloomington in 1984, I founded my current business: Mark E. Russell Violins, where I became acquainted with many of the faculty at Indiana University.


In 1987, I was awarded a Fulbright grant, leaving for England to attend the famed Newark Technical Institute, completing a violinmaking diploma, while receiving private extensive training in advanced instrument restoration under the tutelage of a former workshop manager of J.&A. Beare, London.


Upon receiving my diploma, I returned, and ultimately decided to reopen Mark E. Russell Violins in 1991. In 1994, I received the honor of being awarded the esteemed title: “Official Luthier of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis”, and have continued in that capacity every competition since.


Life has now come full circle, and I am currently teaching as adjunct professor in the String Tech program at Indiana University.

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