Bill Scott

William (Bill) Scott is a violin maker in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His instruments are played around the globe. Bill earned Hors Concours in 2006 with his 3rd Gold Medal for viola at the VSA International Violin Makers Competition.

In addition to these awards, Bill has won numerous other medals and certificates for violin, viola and cello. He has served on the board of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers Inc. and currently is on the board of the Oberlin Violin Makers Foundation.

Bill plays violin in the Ayana String Quartet and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis.

Bill’s interest in violin making began in 1970 when he met Martin Bielke, a well-known bow maker and luthier in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Attending his first Violin Society of America (VSA) Competition in 1980 at Hofstra University, New York, Bill met Mr. Hans Weisshaar. In 1984, Bill began his apprenticeship at the shop of Hans Weisshaar, Inc. in Los Angeles. In recent years, Bill has regularly contributed to Strad Magazine and at VSA Conventions with presentations, forum discussions and as a workmanship judge.



Viola–VSA Gold Medal

Violin–VSA Silver Medal for Workmanship

Cello–Certificate for Workmanship.

String Quartet–Certificate for Workmanship and Tone Hors Concours–VSA, which means “outside the competition”, no longer allowed to compete in these events. Gold Medals won at three different events are required.

Alumni Achievement Award, St. Olaf College, Class of 1975


Two Gold Medals at VSA Competitions

Five Silver Medals for Tone and Workmanship


Numerous Certificates for Tone and Workmanship at VSA Competitions