String Technician & Renovator
Christian was born in Germany and began playing the violin at the age of 5, continuing lessons until he was 15, then switching to classical guitar. Years of High School Orchestra, Jazz Group, Blues Band and several performances gave him inspiration for what the musical world has to offer.
After a specialization in English and Music in High School, he attended Wood Carpentry School which showed him that his real interest was to be found in the making of wooden string instruments. He studied an apprenticeship in the making and restoring of Classical Guitars and musical instruments in general, in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico. After getting married, he earned a BA degree in Restoration at the National School for Conservation, Restoration and Museum Studies, living, teaching and working in Mexico City for many years, with his own Luthier shop. He was then invited to work for Summerhays Music Center which opening a new chapter for him and his family, becoming finally residents in 2007 and finding a new home in Utah.Shortly after completion of his degree Estefan was hired to start and run a music program under the direction of master luthier Charles Rufino. Estefan took a non-excitant music program and made it into a wonderful place for students to learn and become excited about music. In the 4 years of his employment at the Long Island Violin Shop he took a program of 0 students to 125 students a week. Estefan quickly made a name for himself as a teacher and a violin dealer while doing workshops, showings, and dealing high-end instruments throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Estefan met his wife Samantha, at the Long Island Violin Shop while she was doing her apprenticeship and both of them now work together at Summerhays Music Center and they are very excited to bring new ideas and their expertise of fine instruments to the Summerhays team.
Christian lives in Murray with his wife and son. He enjoys bike riding, music, good food and playing classical guitar.