Together we work with players of all levels, from students to professionals, and from all genres, from Cajun & Creole to Classical. We love what we do here at Sola Violins!
I am a violin maker, restorer and player. My days are spent working with wood and hand tools, repairing and building instruments using traditional methods and designs. My work is very satisfying, and blends my interests in craft, design, and music.
My formal training started at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where I completed their violin making program. From there I worked with a luthier in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and also at the Music Emporium in Arlington, MA.
Since 2002, I have worked in a shop behind my home (pictured above) about 30 minutes from Lafayette, LA. In the fall of 2014, I opened a full-service violin shop, Sola Violins, in the heart of downtown Lafayette. This move has allowed for the expansion of inventory and services, and greater accessibility to most of my clientele. Joel Pautz (trained at the North Bennet St. School in Boston, MA) came on board in February of 2015.
In addition to building and working with violins, I play the fiddle in two Grammy-nominated Cajun bands, Bonsoir Catin and the Magnolia Sisters. All instruments aside, I love spending time with my two young sons and my husband, enjoying the woods around our home on the Bayou Teche.
Thank you to my mentors and sources of inspiration over the years: Otis Tomas, Paul Hostetter, Michael Darnton, the Cremonese masters, and all of the violin players I work with and admire.
Chris Segura began his lifelong obsession with the violin at age 4, when his parents rented him a 1/16 size violin and he started taking lessons. He's a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band Feufollet, plays with the Lafayette Rhythm Devils and Les Ferailles, and can be found sitting in with various bands around Lafayette. He's also the digital archivist at the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore, where he leads efforts to digitize historic field recordings.
In 2008, he and Anya were awarded a Fellowship Grant through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, which allowed him to study violin-making under Anya’s guidance. Over the course of two years, they went through the entire process of making a violin by hand. The resulting violin is Chris' main gigging instrument. Since then, he's been building violins in every spare moment.
Chris maintains the rental fleet at Sola Violins, loves helping customers, and helps out with whatever repair projects may be going on around the shop.