We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo Alfaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pablo, how do you define success?
When I made the decision of becoming a violin maker, I had vision and ambition on how to achieve my objectives. With hard work, responsibility and discipline, I have been able to enjoy every day, doing what I love to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Been a successful violin maker requires the right credentials, I have won 42 awards worldwide in violin making competitions, I have invested a lot of time and money every year, for the last 20+ years, in workshops, seminars, conventions, etc. in order to update my skills and knowledge, necessary to provide my customers top quality in every single work I do. For many years I used to spend at least 14-16 hours every day in my shop, no days off. I am the only American winning a prize in the Russia Competition.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When any of my friends visit me for few days, they stay at my place. I like to make them feel as comfortable as possible. I’m a good entertainer, I love to cook and I like to show them the city; ASO concerts, Opera, Ballet museums, Big Band night at Cafe 290 and salsa dancing at Taverna Plaka!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My teachers Gary Vessel and Jerry Pasewicz have been very supportive. Also been a member of AFVBM, VSA, VMAAI and SVA has been very helpful.
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