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We are based in Lucan, Co Dublin. As we are open by appointment only please telephone us with your enquiry and we will be happy to give you directions.

Phone: (01) 5059200
Mobile: 087-2416723

Welcome to Cremona Violins!

Dr Mark Jeffares

Mark Jeffares is widely recognized as a leading expert in fine stringed instruments with clients in Ireland and throughout the world.

Born in 1951 to artistic and musical parents, Mark initially trained as a scientist and read Chemistry at Trinity College, Dublin and researched at Michigan State University and at Oxford. Whilst at Trinity College he began to study violin (at age 21!!) and played professionally by 1981 but his main expertise is in the appraisal and restoration of violins, violas and cellos. He studied violin making with Juliet Barker in Cambridge. He studied violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Ruth David, David Lillis, Colin Staveley and William Shanahan and privately with Bruce Dukov, Herbert Poche, Margaret O'Toole, Mariana Sirbu and Eyal Kless. While at Oxford he was leader of the Orchestra of University College and was also co-leader of the Charterhouse Summer School Orchestra. He played in masterclasses given by Bruce Dukov and Philippe Hirschhorn.and has given lunchtime recitals in Dublin.

In 1986 he founded Cremona Violins and has been in business ever since. He has toured Ireland and parts of Europe in the search for old instruments.

What We Do

  • Instruments
    We carry a wide range of instruments ranging from Chinese factory made violins...
  • Valuations
    We can carry out expert valuations of instruments either for insurance purposes or probate etc,.
  • Workshop
    Our restoration practices are of the highest quality. We can also make adjustments to instruments
  • Instrument Purchase
    We are always interested in purchasing suitable old instruments.