Jessie Gilbert, President
Joined the Chicago School of Violin Making Board of Directors in 2004. She graduated from CSVM in 2002. Before entering the school she worked for 30 years as a psychotherapist, specializing in work with children and their families. Jessie received her BA from Harvard University in 1970 and her MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1973. She lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Alan, an attorney. After, 12 years of working on bows, she has retired from her workbench and is focused on fundraising and finding new ways to strenghten and nurture our fine school.
Petio Kostov, Vice President
Joined the Chicago School of Violin Making Board of Directors in 2011. His study of violin making began in Bulgaria under Vladimir Naidenov. He continued his studies at the CSVM under Tschu Ho Lee and Rebecca Elliott, graduating in 1997. During and after his studies at the school, he assisted Tschu Ho Lee with repair and restoration as well as instrument-making. Petio was an instructor at the school from 1998 to 2001. He is also a co- founder of Classic Violins Corp. where he currently handles repairs and restorations, recently dedicating most of his time to making new instruments. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America, where he has won awards and recognitions.
James Zartman, Treasurer
A graduate of DePauw University and holds an LLB from Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for 40 years and was a partner in the firm of Chapman and Cutler, specializing in trust and estate law, income, gift and estate tax matters and organization and administration of not-for-profit corporations. He is a Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; Academician, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; and listed in each edition (until retirement) of Naifeh and Smith, The Best Lawyers in America. Jim is an author, lecturer and legislative draftsman in the fields of trust, estate and tax law. He has been an avid amateur chamber music player for 50 years, a collector of books on the history and construction of the violin and related stringed instruments, and a member of the Violin Society of America since 1992. Jim also plays harmonica, banjo, folk and country fiddle.
Tschu Ho Lee, Director Emeritus
The Director-Emeritus of the Chicago School of Violin Making. He was born in Seoul, Korea. He was a violinist for the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, Korea from 1956 until 1963, prior to his study of sculpture at Hong-Ik University. He graduated from the Mittenwald Violin Making School, which he attended from 1964 to 1967. From 1967 to 1970 he was the assistant to Mittenwald violin maker Josef Kantuscher. In 1968 Mr. Lee received a Master's Certificate (Geigenbau Meister) with Gold Medal from the German Government.
Mr. Lee moved to the United States in 1970 and began work at Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd. As a violin maker and restorer. He was co-founder of the original K. Warren and Son School of Violin Making in 1975. In 1983 Mr. Lee took over the school and changed the name to the Chicago School of Violin Making. He continued as Director of the Chicago School of Violin Making until 2003, when the school became a non-profit corporation. He was named Director-Emeritus of the school and continues in an advisory capacity to the students.
Mr. Lee was a workmanship judge at the 13th International Competition of the Violin Society of America in November 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also at the 17th Violin Society of America International Competition in Baltimore, Maryland in November 2006.
He has made more than 300 instruments including violins, violas, and cellos and continues to build new instruments for a worldwide market. He is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Joined the Chicago School of Violin Making Board of Directors in 2011. He serves as the CEO of MPA, an analytic consulting firm that partners with health care organizations to monitor and improve clinical quality and cost effectiveness. Greg earned his BA in Math and Economics from Pomona College. Before assuming his position with MPA, he worked for Merrill Lynch in the 1990s and then served as President of Healthcare Quality Insights, a Chicago based software development firm. Greg's support of all things musical is best demonstrated in his marriage to violinist Rachel Barton Pine. He often accompanies and supports her on her tours. They are the proud parents of a daughter.
James A. Warren
President of the firm of Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd., of Chicago, IL. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree in Business Administration, he joined the Warren firm in 1975. He was actively involved in forming the Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making in 1975 (now the Chicago School of Violin Making) and served as its President from 1976 to 1982. A member of the Appraisers Association of America, he serves as his firm's sole expert for matters of authenticity. He has sponsored a number of research projects on historic violin makers and is involved in a project to co-author a book about bow maker Francois Xavier Tourte. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of the Violin Society of America.
A 1982 graduate of the Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making (now the Chicago School of Violin Making), Rodney Mohr joined the Chicago School of Violin Making Board of Directors in 2014. He worked for Kenneth Warren and Son during school and upon graduation worked for bow maker John Norwood Lee in Chicago. In 1985 Rodney and his wife Ann, also a CSVM graduate, established Mohr & Mohr in Mansfield, Ohio. Their daughter Katherine has joined the business as the first second-generation female bow maker in the United States.
Rodney is co-director of the Oberlin Bow Restoration Workshop in Oberlin, Ohio, has taught at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and has given numerous demonstrations at the Chicago School of Violin Making. He also hosts his own bow rehairing, restoration and making workshops at his studio in Ashland, Ohio. He received third prize at the International dé Paris Competition and has received numerous certificates for workmanship from various international competitions. Rodney has won three gold medals for bass bows from various Violin Society of America competitions, earning him the title Hors’ Concours. He has also earned the degree of Master of Bow Making from the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and has made more than 800 bows.
Rodney is a past-president of the Board of Directors of the Violin Society of America and the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. He has also been a bow judge and panel participant for Violin Society of America competitions and conventions.
Paul Hart is the CEO and a founder of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. He has spent his career working closely with some of the most prominent collectors, consignors and sommeliers around the world. He entered the auction business shortly after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1990. With twenty years of executive experience in the wine auction world, Paul has guided HDH to its place as a leader in the industry.
Paul joined the Board of directors in May, 2014. In addition to his business acumen, he brings his abilities and interest in fundraising to the Board. Paul is the proud father of two cellists and has a special interest in the craft of instrument making and repair.