As everyone knows that building a brand is not an easy task. In order to be outstanding, one has to think outside the box and have the distinctive creativities. With this in mind, the founder of Lien Violins, David Lien has carried out his dream step by step.
David Lien comes from a musical family. He has played the violin for many years since he was little. Initially, his parents were music teachers and unable to afford an expensive violin but purchasing a cheaper one for him cost $6,000 TWD. After graduating from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts, David got accepted into Taipei Symphony Orchestra and rendered the classical music with a meagre salary. Eventually, in 1986, he reached his dream to study abroad in Vienna.
The violin his father gave him had accompanied by him throughout his music journey in Vienna. During his time in Vienna, he learned how to make a violin from his peer’s father, a local luthier and a musical instrument collector. Since the first day they met, they had been always keen to discuss and share their experiences and knowledge of this instrument as well as the definition of the “right” tone on a violin. The relationship between his mentor and David posed great influence on his development of being a well-rounded luthier for the future. Meanwhile, it also stimulated his curiosity of how to build the proper musical instruments for various performers.
As time goes by, he has gradually realized that the crucial essence of a decent violin with the dulcet tone is not decided by its market price but by a sophisticated luthier’s crafts. This concept inspires him to be an excellent luthier and build up his own brand, Lien Violins.
In April 2004, David exhibited his instruments at Musikmesse in Frankfurt. His successful debut was impressed by many professional musicians and captivated the attention of some violin connoisseurs. Since then, Lien Violins has earned a worldwide reputation for the mellifluous sounds on his instruments.
In 2006, David Lien participated in Cremona Mondomusica in Italy. Fortunately, he had an opportunity to play a Stradivarius violin in the show. He was utterly fascinated by its sweet, mellow, rich but powerful sounds right after his playing. “Its resonant voice has been everlastingly imprinted on my mind.” David told himself with a contented smile. So as to reach the standard of the Stradivarius violin, David made up his mind and has endeavoured to pursue the dream sounds on every instrument he makes with a firm determination since then.
In his violin workshop, the tiny label inside of each David’s instrument not only represents the responsibility of Lien Violins but also every violinist’s dream.
Lien Violins has commenced exhibiting among some countries since 2001, including NAMM Show (USA), Frankfurt Musikmesse (Germany), as well as Music China Shanghai (China) and also exported the instruments to Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA, Israel, South Africa, Singapore, and Thailand, etc.