My main pursuit in the process is the quality of sound. But, as a maker, I want it to look as good as it sounds.

Kile Hill studied cello as a child and became interested in violin making after watching a television documentary on PBS. He studied cello performance at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, before attending the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2000.

Hill has worked with Scoggins & Scoggins Violins, Ryan Soltis, and Stephanie Voss in Atlanta. He currently works from a home studio in McMinnville, Oregon.

Kile Edward Hill, Luthier

Kile Hill Instruments Played by

Drew Alexander Forde, @ThatViolaKid

“My viola is a Tertis model made by the incredible luthier Kile Hill.”

Juilliard-trained violist and teacher Drew Alexander Forde has performed as a soloist around the world after studying with Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet. He is also one of the most-followed classical musicians on Instagram, using the handle @ThatViolaKid.