Anne Cole

Since 1970 Anne Cole has created custom violins, violas, and cellos with an original concept of tone. Her instruments, one-of-a-kind works of art, combine playability and response with tonal warmth and power.

Beautiful instruments, inside and out, each and every one of Anne Cole’s instruments bespeaks an exceptionally high level of attention to detail not only to quality of sound, but to physical and visual beauty as well.

Anne specializes in concert-caliber violins, violas, and cellos with rich, powerful tones and a characteristic fullness in the lower registers. She has made over 200 instruments, including many currently used in symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and other professional venues.


“I am an apprentice violin restorer and cellist who stumbled upon your website by accident this evening, and I simply had to write a brief note of praise and admiration! I have long felt--and the feeling only deepens as I learn more about these instruments and the people involved in their creation--that musical instruments rise above simple tools for the production of musical sounds and are, or at least ought to be, in fact works of purest art, in which all the senses can come together in a sort of harmony that is truly magical. Your instruments seek to achieve that. Above all I admire that you treat the insides of the instruments with as much care and attention as the outsides, not simply in the shape of the wood, but going so far as to integrate them into the unique theme and harmony for each instrument. You are a true artist and a true musician!”
--Seth Girton

Thanks to NMPBS and the creators of the video, Tara Walch - Producer, and Antony Lostetter - Director of Photography