Singapore-born Ming Xi has been playing the violin since the age of 10. Upon graduation from university Ming Xi decided to apply his mechanical engineering expertise to the ebullient science of sound.

He has since created many highly regarded violins and established himself as a leading repairer and restorer of string instruments. In 2003 The Straits Times described Ming Xi as “the country’s modern day musical Geppetto”.

In spite of all his achievements Ming Xi never stops learning and improving his skills. He aspires to see more students and musicians alike appreciating the importance of properly set-up and well-maintained string instruments. Helping music lovers bring out the best in their instruments is the driving force behind his commitment to his craft.

An interview with Ming Xi

Q. What inspired you to enter into this profession?

The passion for violins and related string instruments. I believe I possess the determination to create a difference, and thus create a legacy of fine craftsmanship and restoration. My team and I constantly look to go to a place where nobody dares to venture, and produce extraordinary results.

Q. Do you think there is a limit to what a violin can accomplish in its field?

Every violin has the potential to sound good if adjusted by a skilled hand. It might be a different sound for each particular violin, but each example can produce a good sound that will be adored by a particular player.

Q. What is your philosophy when it comes to violin making and restoration?

Crafting and restoring violins, for me, is a tradition passed down by our forefathers. What we are doing is practising a skill and refining it as we progress. I believe in delivering accuracy on all levels, regardless of types and categories of instruments or jobs, and in giving the attention necessary to all details.

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