Our Team
Dan Weisshaar

Dan Weisshaar

President

Dan Weisshaar
Dan Weisshaar
President

1985-89 BA Classical Languages, cum laude, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Work History:

  • 1989-93: M&R Weisshaar Violin Shop, Costa Mesa
  • 1993-94: Bernard Camurat, Montigny-sur-Loing, France
  • 1995-99: Michael Becker Fine Violins, Park Ridge, IL
  • 1999-Present: M&R Weisshaar & Son Violin Shop, Costa Mesa, CA

EILA

  • Joined 2004
  • US Delegate 2017-present
  • Natural Resource Committee 2018-present

AFVBM

  • Joined 2010
  • Board Member 2014-16
  • Vice President 2016-18
  • President 2018-2020
  • Secretary 2021-present

Alliance-USA

  • AFVBM delegate 2018-present
  • 2020-22 Current President
Lynn Hannings

Lynn Hannings

Vice President

Lynn Hannings
Lynn Hannings
Vice President
1984- American Federation of Violin & Bowmakers, Degree of Journeyman
1989-Fulbright Scholarship and Annette Kade Fellowship for bow study in France

Work history

  • 1969-2021, Bassist, Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • 1970-present, Self-employed bow repair, bow maker
  • 1990-present, Instructor, University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute

Organizations

  • 1984-present, American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers
  • 1999-present IPCI-USA
  • 2000-present, EILA membership
  • 2019-present, EILA Alliance
  • 2021, Alliance USA, VP
Charles Rufino
Charles Rufino

Secretary

Charles Rufino
Charles Rufino
Secretary
  • Maker of new instruments and restorations since 1984, Huntington, Long Island, New York
  • Studied at the Newark School of Violin Making and W.E. Hill & Sons
  • 1977: Journeyman in the shop of Vahakn Nigogosian in New York
  • 1980: Assisted Carl Becker (Chicago) with restorations and new instruments.
  • 1989: Full member American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
  • 1994: Full member of Entente Internationale des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art
  • 2009-Present: Entente General Secretary
Yung Chin

Yung Chin

Treasurer

Yung Chin
Yung Chin
Treasurer
  • Bow maker and restorer, NYC
  • Founder member, present international chair: IPCI International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative
  • Member and past president: American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
  • Board member: International Association of Violin and Bow Makers
Brianna

Brianna Goldberg

Governor
Brianna
Brianna Goldberg
Board

Bow Rehair and Repair

9/16-Present

  • Owner, BG Bows, Pasadena, CA
  • Maintaining over 550 customer’s bows with rehairs and various repairs, specializing in double bass bows. Clients include members of ICSOM and ROPA orchestras, University and Conservatory professors and students, studio musicians in the film and TV industry, and AFM members, throughout the Unites States. 

10/18-9/19

  • Bow specialist, Robert Cauer Violins, Hollywood, CA
oliver perot
Olivier Pérot
Governor
oliver perot
Olivier Pérot
Governor

EDUCATION

  • 1984-87- Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, French National Violin making School

WORK

  • 1987-88- Didier workshop, Metz
  • 1988-91- Christophe Girardot workshop, Dijon
  • 1992-94- Jean Schmitt workshop, Lyon
  • 1994-96- Wilder and Davis workshop, Montreal
  • 1996-present- President and violin maker, La Maison de Violon, Inc., Montreal

EILA

  • 2003- member
  • 2013-17- Vice-president
  • 2017-19- President

ALLIANCE

  • 2018- Co-founder with Charles Rufino

ALLIANCE-USA

  • 2022- Governor
John Bennett
John Bennett

Representative

John Bennett
John Bennett
Representative

  • Attorney and independent environmental consultant.
  • 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, environmental policy and advocacy.
  • John has advised the United Nations, the European Union, government ministries, legislators, nonprofit organizations, foundations, universities and businesses.
  • He represents the International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species before the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) and other government bodies.
  • President of the Board of Directors of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative-USA
  • Past Executive Director of Rainforest Foundation-US
  • He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Rutgers Law School.