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Jan Hampton

Jan Hampton

Jan founded Jan Hampton Violins in 1993 and has repaired and restored violin family instruments for over a decade. She has studied violin and bow restoration with masters of the trade, including: Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire; Horst Kloss, Master violin maker; Lynn Hannings, Master bow maker; and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with Hans Nebel, Master violin maker.

Jan attended Virginia Commonwealth University studying Classical Guitar performance in the Masters of Music program. She is a member of the Violin Society of America.

Natalie Frontiero

Natalie Frontiero

Natalie loved playing the violin in elementary school, but she went to middle and high schools with no strings programs and she pursued other interests at university. Eventually she decided music should be more than a hobby and returned to VCU to earn a Bachelor of Music Education. She taught middle school orchestra before coming to work for Jan Hampton Violins. She is a member of the VCU Community Guitar Ensemble, plays cello with FHASE, and teaches private guitar lessons.

Nathaniel Kimbell

Nathaniel was born in Richmond, Virginia and was surrounded by music from an early age thanks to his father. He took piano and drum lessons when he was young and taught himself to play electric bass, He’s now carrying on a family tradition and learning to play the violin. Nathaniel started working as a carpenter when he was a teenager and although he’s worked in a wide variety of fields, he has always enjoyed woodwork and is enjoying learning new skills. Nathaniel attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree before continuing work in carpentry, which led him to his current position at Jan Hampton Violins.

Emmy Maerz

Emmy (Em) started taking private viola lessons in the 4th grade. A year and a half later, she switched to the cello, which her mother also plays. Em loves dogs, photography and working with her hands. She is happy to be an "off stage" part of the music community.