Although craftsman Jeff Manthos may not consider himself a professional musician, his work can be heard on stages across the Northwest. After years of serving as an air crewman in the US Navy, Manthos attended a violin-making school in Salt Lake City and eventually settled down in Corvallis, Ore., where he designs and builds violins in his studio. He crafts every instrument with extreme care and precision, each violin developing its own character as it emerges from the wood shavings.
While his life has taken many unexpected turns, including a diagnosis with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Manthos has found peace and stability in writing about his illness, and in giving the gift of music to violinists in the Northwest and beyond.
“Passacaglia” by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, performed by Jessica Lambert
"Cylinder Two" by Chris Zabriskie
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