Johann Goldfuß

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Johann Goldfuss
Born (1908-12-11)December 11, 1908
Wildstein Austria-Hungary (now Skalná, Czech Republic
Died July 3, 1970(1970-07-03) (aged 61)
Schwandorf, Bavaria, Germany
Occupation luthier

Johann Goldfuss (December 11, 1908 Wildstein Austria-Hungary (now Skalná, Czech Republic) – July 3, 1970 Schwandorf, Bavaria, Germany) was a German luthier. Born in Bohemia, he studied his craft with Mathias Heinicke, who was one of the main representatives of the school of luthiers of Saxony-Bohemia. Johann Goldfuss worked with Heinicke for 17 years, becoming himself a master craftsman. His work was interrupted during World War II, when he was drafted and then taken prisoner of war.

When he was released, in 1949, he found out that his family had been expelled from Czechoslovakia and had moved to Schwandorf, Bavaria. He started his craft again, first repairing violins and eventually opened a new workshop for violins. His wife Katharina was able to go back to Czechoslovakia and to smuggle to his new homeland the tools which had been left behind. He built over 300 violins, violas and cellos which were known for the outstanding uniformity of their sounds.

Violin by Johann Goldfuss

He founded the "Geigenbau Goldfuss" company which specializes in the production of violins and string instruments which have gained recognition for their high quality and are used by violinists in concerts all over the world. Besides the production of string instruments, Johann Goldfuss is also known for his restoration of classical violins. He died of a heart attack on July 3, 1970. [1][2][3]

The company founded by Johann Goldfuss was taken over by his son Horst Goldfuss (*1941) and has 1985 moved to Regensburg. [1]

The company later was taken over by Thomas Goldfuss (*1966) [1]


  1. ^ a b c "Goldfuss Geigenbau - Tradition - Drei Generationen". Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ George Hart - The Violin: Its Famous Makers and their Imitators.
  3. ^ René Vannes - Dictionnaire universel des luthiers - 1999