Peter grew up on Long Island, New York. He majored in fine arts at Buffalo State College and played professionally with bluegrass and Texas swing bands for 10 years in Buffalo before moving to Chicago to attend the Chicago School of Violin Making, from which he graduated in 1988.
Peter apprenticed with a number of string shops in the Chicago area before opening his own shop in 1989. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America.
Peter has made over 80 instruments and is currently working on violins patterned after Stradivari and Guarneri, and cellos and violas patterned after Stradivari.
Hee Young Kang
Hee Young was born and grew up in Korea, where he played drums in the national police band. He moved to the United States in 1991 and graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in 1995. He joined Seman Violins in 1993.
Hee Young is currently building violins patterned after Stradivari and Guarneri, which are available at the shop.
Noah Scott graduated from the Chicago School of Violin Making in April of 2006.
Since graduation, he has been with Seman Violins building new instruments and
facilitating sales. Noah is currently building violins on a modified
Stradivarius pattern and is presently developing a 16¼” viola. His instruments
are sold at Seman Violins, and any inquiries are welcome. With ten years
experience playing in Chicago string bands, Noah loves to talk fiddle with
anyone interested. When he is not making or talking about violins he enjoys
spending time with his family, cooking, playing the banjo, and cycling.
Jeremy Benjamin Koons
Jeremy Benjamin Koons was born in Sarasota, Florida where he picked up the violin around age 3, at the insistence of his parents who were professionally trained. The Koons family eventually moved to central Illinois where they were actively teaching and playing music. When Jeremy and his younger brother, a cellist, became of age, the family formed a string quartet that played locally in weddings and at parties.
Jeremy went on to major in violin performance in the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, but eventually left to pursue his true calling at the Chicago School of Violin Making. After graduating in 2004, Jeremy gained experience working in several area shops before joining Seman Violins in the fall of 2007.
Jeremy still enjoys playing classical music and currently performs with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra. Jeremy's violins are available at the shop - he primarily enjoys the Guarneri model.