Since 1975

David Ludwik Chrapkiewicz

David Chrapkiewicz (Rapkievian), formerly located in Maryland and recently relocated to Bar Harbor Maine, is an award winning maker of fine violins and violas. David's shop - Rapkievian Fine Violins and Violas - also provides services such as violin and viola repairs, violin tonal adjustments and bow rehairing.

David's violins and violas are featured on recordings of classical, popular, and folk music. David's violins and violas are noted for their beautiful workmanship as well as their exceptional clarity and balance of sound both onstage and in the recording studio. David has entered violins and violas in three international competitions and won awards in all three (2002, 2000, 1982) including the silver medal for tone at the VSA International Competition in 2002. A recent 8-minute video biography of David highlights the personal history behind his craftsmanship.

David provides:

  • A variety of violins, violas and bows for the professional musician and serious student
  • Optimization of instruments to the musician's style
  • Custom Violins and Violas
  • Expert tonal adjustments
  • Minor repairs
  • Highest quality bow re-hairing
  • Apprentice-made affordable violins