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Peter Prier

Peter Paul Prier (Founder)

Peter Paul Prier was born in Germany in 1942. He began playing the violin at seven years of age. Persuing his love for the instrument, he entered the Violin Making School in Mittenwald, Germany. He studdied under the guidance of Alouis Hornsteiner, Paul Seckendorf, and Leo Aschauer, and worked in the shop of Walter Hamma in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1960 after graduating from the school, he immigrated to the United States to work under Ludwig Aschauer at Pearce Music Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 1961 to 1964 Peter played with the Utah Symphony. He ended his full time participation in the symphony when he was drafted into the military. After his service he returned to the symphony for seven concert engagements in Europe and South America, performing and caring for the instruments in the string section. Then, in 1965, he opened his own violin shop in Salt Lake City. In 1972 he established the Violin Making School of America, many graduates of which have opened their own premier shops all over the world. In 2004, Peter opened the Salt Lake City Recital Hall as a venue for up-and-coming musicians. "The Sounding Tree", an unprecedented violin making documentary, was produced by Peter Prier in 1996. In 1997 he made "String Stress", a video teaching simple at home repairs. In 2010 he completed "When Trees Sing", an innovative fifteen disc DVD series for instructional violin making. Peter Prier is a member of the World renowned Entente International des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers D’Art, of the Verband Deutscher Geigenbauer, and is a founding member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and of the American Society of Violin and Bow Makers. Peter Prier has constructed 160 violins, 17 violas, 29 cellos, 2 basses, and 3 guitars of classical design. World renowned musicians, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Joseph Silverstein, and Daniel Heifetz as well as many others play on Peter Paul Prier instruments.

Daniel S. Prier

Daniel S. Prier

"Making violins in the style of the old masters is my passion. Being introduced to the world of violins at a young age, I have been able to learn and hear the tone and quality of the world’s best instruments. At 12 I started my first violin with my father. At 19 I enrolled at the Violin Making School of America. Wanting to learn more, at 24 I moved to Chicago in order to attend the Chicago School of Violin Making. At 26 I had the chance to work with Carl F. Becker. In my 30’s, I moved back home to be closer to my family and the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake. I am honored to take up the mantle of my father Peter Prier, hoping to serve the musicians in the intermountain west, and strive to achieve the standards of the old masters."


Daniel Prier

Daniel Prier

Daniel Prier is the youngest son of Peter Prier and began making violins when he was only twelve years old. Dan brings an experienced eye that he has developed by learning from his father, his schooling, and his work with the Becker’s in Chicago. Dan’s friendly attitude and quick mind make it easy for him to translate to customers and colleagues his knowledge about technique and craft.

Maddie Smith


Maddie has been a part of the string instrument world for most of her life. At age five she was given her first violin and has been playing ever since. As a newer member at Peter Prier and Sons Violins, Maddie hopes to serve musicians of all levels and help carry on Peter Prier's legacy.