Kile Hill

Thanks for stopping by my brand new site. We are currently working on more content, and will use this site to post photos of instruments as they’re being made as well as my instruments in performance, but in the meantime, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Kile Hill and I began my journey to Violin-making as a young child. After watching a documentary on Lutherie, I  asked my mother if I could learn to play the violin. Gratefully, the school orchestra was in need of cellists and I began my Cello studies in the 4th grade under Phyllis Long of the Memphis Symphony. I continued throughout High school while participating as a member of the Memphis Youth Symphony, which influenced my decision to study Music at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. I studied Cello performance under Dr. James Stroud {or Jimbo, as we called him} who was a dear friend and mentor. While in college, I also worked with Richard Fowkes & Company, building and installing beautiful hand-crafted pipe organs. Working as a craftsman reinforced my early desire for making instruments, and I left in 2000 for the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In Salt Lake, I was blessed to learn & work with amazing makers and craftsman in my time there, dividing my time between my two loves: backcountry skiing in the Wasatch mountains and building instruments. I spent several years working with Scoggins & Scoggins Violins and with Ryan Soltis, assisting in his making.  I left Salt Lake City in 2007 to work with Stephanie Voss at Voss Violins in Atlanta where I currently work building workshop instruments as well as new making of Violas, Violins & Cellos.

It has been an incredible journey from that day to this and I am grateful to all who have walked with me down this road. This blog will serve as a window into my home studio for making. I hope you’ll follow my posts and stop back as new instruments & pictures are updated.

-Kile Hill

Me with a cello finished in April 2012 and dedicated to Dr. James Stroud

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