Category: Musicians

players of our instruments

Oklahoma? OK!

Viola Instructor Donna Wolff Cain(right) has been playing her R. W. McCluskie Viola since 1994.  Her student, Michele Gebhardt(left)  has just acquired a 2013 R. W. McCluskie Viola of the same pattern.  Both teacher and student are affiliated with the Oklahoma University Music Education/ Viola Performance program.

Simpkins to play McCluskie Violin at Strathmore

The next opportunity to see and hear an R. W. McCluskie Violin in concert in the Washington DC area will be the Rickie Simpkins ‘Strathmore Artist in the Mansion’ concert May 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm.  Mr. Simpkins is a virtuoso on both the mandolin and the fiddle. His musical prowess and versatility has made him well-known …

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Just in….from South Korea….

We have recently corresponded with Lee Kiseok, a rising star concert violist who graciously provided links to two pieces he recently performed with his 10 year old R. W. McCluskie Viola. Both are viola–classical guitar duets in which the sound of the McCluskie viola is clearly heard. We are thrilled to be able to share …

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Bluegrass and Country Recording Artist Rickie Simpkins

McCluskie Violin, played by Ricki Simpkins

plays his R W. McCluskie Guarneri Pattern Violin during a Kevin Dudley recording session produced by Grammy Winning Artist Cathy Fink. This instrument was made in 2010 and is one of over 360 violins and violas constructed by R. W. McCluskie that have appealed to a broad range of musicians ranging from classical to folk.