Geoffrey Ovington is the only American luthier ever commissioned by the
Vienna Philharmonic to make instruments for that orchestra (3 violas in 1991). Other European orchestras in which
Ovington violins, violas and cellos are played include the Royal
Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the opera orchestra of La Scala,
the South German Radio Philharmonic, the Linz Bruckner Orchestra, the Malmo Symphony, Bergen Symphony and the
chamber orchestras Deutsche Kammerphilharmomie and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Orchestras in the United States where Ovington instruments are played include the New York
Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Symphony. String quartets using instruments from Ovington's
bench are the Lafayette and (formerly) the Colorado as well as the Prima Vera and Fransiscan quartets. To working string players these are prestigious venues, the places where many conservatory players
dream of someday playing.
An Ovington violin, viola or cello is crafted with great care and
attention to detail. A luthier since 1973 Geoffrey crafts instruments using time honored violin maker's classic methods. Each instrument must meet the high standards
of Geoffrey himself before it is ever heard in public. He
has been awarded numerous prestigious awards, including the Viola
Tone Award and a Silver Medal awarded in International Competitions
of the Violin Society of America.