Francis Kuttner was born in Washington D.C. to German Jewish refugees who fled Berlin in the ’30s via Rome and Lisbon.
Fast forward to 1974-78 and he was in Cremona study violinmaking with Francesco Bissolotti, an influential proponent of traditional Cremonese violinmaking.
A winner of numerous Gold and Silver medals in international competitions in New York, Paris, Manchester, Cremona and Ottawa, he subsequently serves as a jury member at these same competitions.
Francis Kuttner splits his time between workshops in San Francisco and Cremona. A quartet of his instruments can be heard on the complete set of Beethoven quartets as well as the Bartok/Kodaly recordings by the Alexander Quartet on the Foghorn label.