Estefan Cortez – Owner, Cellist, Director of Sales
Estefan grew up in Patchogue NY. At the age of 10 he started studying cello. He quickly fell in love with the instrument and excelled in his musical studies. In 2009 he attended the College of Saint Rose and earned a degree in Music Education with a concentration in cello. Shortly after graduating college he ran a music program under the direction of master luthier Charles Rufino in Huntington NY. Estefan brought this program up to 150 students a week. Estefan quickly made a name for himself as a teacher and violin dealer. He was doing instrument showings at conservatories, universities, and orchestras throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. While doing all of this Estefan and Samantha fell in love at The Long Island Violin Shop and decided to start their own journey together. A few years later Estefan and Samantha moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Estefan worked for Summerhays Music and ran the biggest professional strings department in the state of Utah and other neighboring states. After 5 years of setting sales records and several notable sales Estefan and Samantha are starting their new chapter of life and growing their family.
Samantha Cortez – Owner, Cellist, Luthier
Samantha grew up in Melville, NY. She started studying cello at the age of 10. Samantha started her training at the age of 15 as a workshop assistant. She found that her passion of fine bowed instruments and her talent in woodworking went hand in hand and found her passion in violin making and restoration. Samantha began restorations and repairs on bows along with fine antique instruments. She studied under American master luthier Charles Rufino and Hungarian luthier Endre Fischer at the Long Island Violin Shop. In 2010 Samantha continued her studies with other master makers at Oberlin College, University of New Hampshire, Mohr and Mohr Bows, Master luthier Carrie Scoggins, and The Violin Making School of America. While attending the Violin Making School of America Samantha offered her skills in bow work and taught workshops in bow maintenance and restoration. While attending the Violin Making School of America, Samantha also worked at Summerhays Music as a luthier and bow specialist. She would work with students to professional on restorations and maintenance as well as working with teachers and their studios. Samantha still offers instrument workshops and consultations at the Texas Violin Shop.