Stradivari House of Phoenix

Education - Artistry - Community


Luthier Mission Statement

In the early 5th century B.C., Hippocrates a Greek physician and philosopher established quite possibly the first professional oath that bound an individual's motives and actions with regards to medicine to a high ethical standard.  Among the tenants therein is a principle that holds sway across many professions and disciplines; do no harm.

“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgement and never do harm to anyone.”

— Hippocrates

The art of instrument repair and restoration is ancient and vast.  Books enough to fill libraries contain millenia of wisdom on procedures for repairing a simple crack on an erhu, sackbut, hydraulis, or sitar to improving the sound of lyre, oboe, djembe, or viola de gamba to the rebuilding and complete restoration of a violin by A. Stradivari, a cello by D. Montagnana or a bow by E. Sartory.  

Since I have but one life to give, I have decided to dedicate myself to the viols, a bowed string instrument family of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.  Considering the sheer volume of instruments currently in existence and those of antiquity this may seem a paltry offering to the world of music.  I assure it is quite the herculean task to learn adequately how to repair and restore a violin masterpiece by Guarneri del Gesu or Antonio Stradivari, and also to upkeep student instruments in good playing order such that I may arm the next generation of musician.  In my humble opinion, both are of paramount importance.  Poor craftsmanship and lack of sensitivity, vision, and knowledge contribute as much damage to the viol as can the worst accident or tragedy.  Moreover, instruments in poor playing condition can deter promising young talent, the emerging amateur, or the returning connoisseur from pursuing a life fulfilled with music and skill. 

My promise to you: I will endeavor to repair and restore your instrument to the best of my abilities. I will not endanger your musical happiness by attempting a repair that is beyond my abilities.  I will answer any and all questions you have regarding the repair process and to explain things in an informative and digestible way.  I will maintain a transparent pricing ethic and endeavor to value my products and services competitively.  Finally, I will continue to advance my knowledge so that I may provide an ever increasing level of quality, expertise, and artistry to my skills as a luthier.

Education Mission Statement

In the Autumn of 1996, as a senior in high school, I was asked by the orchestra director at the time if I would be interested in teaching some of the younger players in the orchestra.  Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive.  I was still quite the student myself and while I had dreams of becoming a professional musician I had a long way to go.  With some cajoling and encouragement I relented and took on my very first student.  While I could easily say that I immediately fell in love and the rest is history, I would be lying.  I had no idea where to start, no idea how to communicate, and no idea of the endless rewards that were yet to come.  

     The years passed and I proceeded from high school to Tulsa Community College and on to the University of Tulsa for undergraduate studies and further still to masters studies at the Universities of Arkansas and Oklahoma.  In that time I would amass a staggering wealth of knowledge and wisdom based largely on all the mistakes, wrong turns, and occasional successes I would live through.  I have had the great privilege and honor of studying and performing with some of the greatest violinists, musicians, and artists living today.  In all that time the one great lesson I have learned and that is proved to me everyday through my students is this; learning a musical instrument is not solely about proper technique, a good bow hold, accurate intonation, and a myriad other technical concerns, rather it is about summoning from deep within one self the dedication and fortitude to cultivate a richer fuller life and a desire to enrich the lives of those around you.  

     At the advanced age of 39 I can now look back and know that I have made a difference in the lives of my students, their parents, and the many concert goers that have supported me and in turn I, them.  While my passion is very much music performance and the beauty and power of the arts, it is no longer my main focus.  Mine is an ongoing quest to open hearts and minds through music and music education, in essence to contribute a younger generation of people that are wise beyond their years and are all the happier for it, to the world.

                                                                                                     -Aquiles Figueroa

At this time, rentals are available in-store only.  All rental instruments are available for purchase online.