This month marks Kennedy Violins’ 15th Anniversary!
15 years ago, Joel Kennedy started Kennedy Violins in order to create a platform to provide high-quality instruments for his own string students, who often showed up at lessons with instruments that were barely playable.
What started off as a homemade webpage in the Pacific Northwest has grown into a business that features luthiers from all over the world and serves string players all over the world. All the while, we have maintained a staff of string players that provide our customers with quality service along with quality instruments.
We’ve compiled photos chronicling our 15 years of growth and change. Take a stroll down memory lane with us and comment on your favorite Kennedy Violins moment.
Thank you for being a part of our first fifteen years. We can’t wait to see what the future brings for us!
Today we go all the way to the back of the shop and meet one of our luthiers on staff: Jeff Pomerantz. Jeff is not only a talented luthier, he is also a very talented guitarist with a degree in Music Business. Which means our customers can not only get quality string instruments from Jeff but, quality guitar lessons as well.
1. How long have you worked at Kennedy Violins? Since June of 2014
2. What is your favorite thing about working at Kennedy Violins and why? It would have to be a combination of learning about instrument setup/repair and the sense of community with the people I work with. We all get along well, for the most part, which makes me look forward to coming to work everyday.
3. What is your favorite instrument that Kennedy Violins carries and why? I like the Vitacek violin because of the unique sunburst finish and louder, present sound. It really stands out
4. What is your favorite band or musician? As far as bands; hands down, Led Zeppelin. My favorite musician changes with every season, and sometimes every week.
I rediscovered Paul Simon this past summer, but now that its raining all the time around here, Im really getting into a fall mood listening to Kaki King.
5. If you didn’t play the guitar, which instrument would you play? Saxophone? Sousaphone, Triangle. Yep, Triangle.
6. Which musician (alive or dead) do you wish you could play with? Julian Bream
7. What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming year? Whatever projects/music I may find or become apart of…
8. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working at Kennedy Violins? Either playing music, hiking, or going to shows around Portland