About Us

Fiddlershop.com has thrived out of this demand for a quality resource of stringed instruments and accessories. We really appreciate you taking the time to visit our site as we have personally tested thousands of violins and music products and curated a selection that can't be matched elsewhere. From beginner to pro, we are proud to support any musical endeavor!

"The internet has too many options with too little reliable information for anyone seeking a quality instrument in a reasonable amount of time without going crazy with everything that's available and sorting out all the garbage in the process."

Fiddlerman.com is where it all began. A free online resource for every level of player seeking practical and accurate advice on learning the violin. As it gained popularity there was an overwhelming demand for advice on what to buy and where to buy it. This brought us to a discovery:

Fiddlershop is a family owned business, run by Pierre Holstein (Fiddlerman) and his son Michael Holstein. Fiddlershop's goal is to bring you affordable quality instruments and accessories and help maintain costs of the very popular website that teaches you to play the violin for free. Visit Fiddlerman.com to learn more!


Fiddlerman & Founder

Pierre Holstein, aka Fiddlerman, has played the violin for over 40 years and performed professionally as a violinist for over 30 years in both United States, Europe, and Asia, holding positions as concert master and section leader in full time symphony orchestras. He has also coached and taught many professional violinists as well as beginning violinists and students. His goal is to provide all violinists, beginners and advanced, a friendly place to visit, learn, and improve what we all love doing via the learning site Fiddlerman.com. Through Fiddlershop he wants to provide musicians with affordable instruments and accessories. The goal is to provide the greatest products for the lowest prices.

CEO & Co-Founder

Michael Holstein has a background in Internet marketing and business. He helped his father "Fiddlerman" start and run Fiddlershop.com January 1st, 2012. Michael is an expert in product development and online sales. He's an all arounder, doing anything from packing orders and talking to customers, to signing the closing documents at Fiddlershop's new warehouse.

Master Luthier

Felix Manuel Perez Cuza is originally from Cuba, and started working with stringed instruments in 1999. He has also worked as a Luthier in Mexico and Belgium. In 2009 Felix Manuel Perez Cuza built his first violin, an instrument that won honors for sound production. He is also a talented violinist and has worked in different orchestras, as well as being involved in Luthiers without Borders. Felix also plays the Viola, Cello, and Double Bass!

Master Luthier

Andres Martinez Bilva is originally from Cuba, where he started studying and working with antique furniture restorations in 1995. In 2003 he attended Luthier school and in 2010 he was working as a professional Luthier. With over 20 years of experience in the fine woods industry and a fine eye for detail, Andres knows how to work with wood! Andres started working with us in May of 2017 and has been a great addition to the team!

Apprentice Luthier

Luthier Sean Scott hails from Baltimore, Maryland where he attended Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University) as a collegiate lacrosse player. His background as a craftsman in the marine industry helped him refine his skill in an array of media, including starboard and a variety of woods, and brought him to south Florida in 2015. Sean's lifelong love of music, combined with his proficiency as a craftsman, drew him to Fiddlershop where he is now an apprentice of Master Luthier Felix Manuel Perez Cuza.

Apprentice Luthier

Manuel Alejandro Vivar is an apprentice luthier at Fiddlershop. For him, working with string instruments is a great complement to his passion for music and his musical studies. Manuel was born in Cuba, has a Master’s degree in musical interpretation and a Bachelor’s degree in percussion and composition at Higher Institute of Art in Havana. He also took classes in percussion and composition at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Superior Conservatory of Liceu, Barcelona, Spain.

Product Specialist

Michael O’Gieblyn is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and he joined the Fiddlershop team as a product review specialist in the fall of 2017. Michael plays the violin professionally with Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Boca Symphonia and Palm Beach Symphony. Before moving to South Florida, he was a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and performed regularly with the Nashville and Louisville Orchestras. He has also has played violin on recordings for OneRepublic, Sony Playstation’s Uncharted-Golden Abyss, and the MGM movie, Home of the Brave. While preparing for orchestral auditions, the lack of resources for violinists led Michael to create www.orchestraexcerpts.com, a resource which helps musicians prepare for orchestra auditions and is also the host of the Per Service Podcast which can be found on iTunes.

Operations Manager

Alex Mechak has been working at Fiddlershop since November 2017. He was raised in Massachusetts and after graduating high school enlisted in the US Army. He served for five years in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman. He mastered many skills but most importantly gained the work ethic that drove Michael Holstein (Co-founder and friend since 2010) to ask him to come work with him. After the Army, Alex attended Keiser University and earned a degree in business management. He manages the warehouse inventory, packs, and ships orders and helps with customer questions.

Customer Service Queen

Clare Carlson, our new customer service representative, and office assistant has been playing the violin for over 25 years and viola for over ten years. Hailing from Northern Illinois, she has performed with various orchestras in that area before moving to South Florida in 2014. Clare graduated from Lake Forest College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music.

Digital Project Manager

Jimmie Bjorling joined Fiddlershop in 2018 as an Information Technology and Marketing Specialist. He got his Master's Degree in Information Systems in addition to his Bachelor’s Degrees in Business and Economics, and has several years of experience in leading various digital initiatives for internet businesses. The latest project added to his list is the new Fiddlershop website. Apart from being a dedicated professional, he enjoys playing a good round of golf. When it comes to music, he’s doing his best to learn how to play the guitar.

Social Media Guru

Originally hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Joe Capalbo is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While still in school, he started teaching music at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, MA, where he received the Berklee Urban Service Award for his dedication and passion to his work. Shortly after graduation, he started teaching music all throughout South Florida. He is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient in guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, piano, music production, music theory, and more. With an obvious love of music, Joe is now the social media guru behind Fiddlershop, creating content for all of our social media platforms, writing blogs, expanding Fiddlershop’s online presence, digital marketing, and much more!

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