Walter Pawlikowski

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Luthier
Company Name
Kagan & Gaines Music
Community

Walter Pawlikowski was born in Maruszyna, Poland, not long after World War II. His older brother John became a well-known violin repairman and luthier, which inspired Walter to follow in his footsteps.  John immigrated to the United States in 1971 and found a job at Kagan & Gaines Music store in Chicago as a repair technician. Just ten years later Walter immigrated, also landing at Kagan & Gaines. After decades of repairing other luthier’s instruments, it was important to Walter to design and build his own unique violin model. He indeed did create his own model, which his son Bogdan, who followed in his father’s footsteps to also become a violin luthier and repairman, demonstrated during his own NAMM interview. The two work side by side in the repair shop at K&G and enjoy their craft and each other’s company.