Krentz String Works began ten years ago as a conversation between respected cellist, Dr. Kevin Krentz, and well-known luthier, Robert Brewer Young. Kevin needed a great modern cello from a master maker with a balanced approach to all the facets of fine instruments, and Robert needed a great cellist with wide experience and a talent for turning adjectives into practical feedback on his already celebrated modern instruments. Thus began a beautiful and industrious friendship.
Kevin, who had already invented his magnetic-field method of driving the strings of instruments to play them in, challenged Robert to push the cello further than players even expect by both interpreting current research together as well as collaborating on their own. He provided Robert with the insights and exacting demands of a soloist while Robert offered Kevin years of intense study of the finest instruments ever made and the modern cello that he continues to enjoy today. They shared the desire to create a paradigm changing instrument through a logical blend of past masters and new thinking. Robert continues to create outstanding cellos that are in the hands of professional players all over the world. Kevin continues to challenge the classic understanding of how cellos function and even cello technique with a focus on practical experimentation while inventing unique and powerful tools to address the needs of makers and working musicians.
Kevin’s command as an inventor, cellist, teacher and thinker have combined with the expertise and insights of a master violin maker to create a working dialogue that is asking deeper questions and offering great answers. They believe that the accumulation of data is only helpful when it is interpreted well and used within a framework of a larger artistic vision. They believe that all art and no science leads to religion and all science and no art leads only to more science. The shared vision of where that border is and this potent and creative exchange between musician and maker was the founding of Krentz String Works.