Wiessmeyer & Son
Wiessmeyer & Son

About Us

Stringed instruments mutes that perfectly balance sound fidelity and dampening. Wiessmeyer & Son manufactures a complete line of synthetic, 3D-printed mutes for aspiring and professional violin, viola, and cello players.

We are passionate about bringing the music and art of stringed instruments into the 21st century.  We design and manufacture modern musical accessories that respect the Luthier's tradition and take advantage of modern technology and materials.

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Brian Wiessmeyer

Brian is our mute maker and administers day-to-day operations.

Brian completed his Bachelors of Science in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Engineering in 2005 from the University of Toronto. He obtained an MBA from the University of Connecticut in 2011 before going on to work in the tech industry for 8 years as a management and information technology consultant. Brian has done product design for fortune 500 companies including Nike, Lowes, and Wells Fargo as well has working with numerous startups spanning consumer goods, cloud storage, infrastructure, health care, and services sectors.

Brian has played the violin since the age of 5 and trained classically for 13 years across the New England area. He performed in the Boston Youth Orchestra and continues to enjoy recreational play and the occasional indie music project.

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Paul Wiessmeyer

Paul is an expert on all things luthier.

Upon graduating in 1981 from the Mittenwald School of Violin Making in Germany, Paul worked for several violin shops in Europe and the U.S. including, most notably, the atelier of Vladimir Pilar in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and the workshop of Hans Weisshaar in Hollywood, CA. He has operated his Boston Studio since 1990 as well as manufacturing and distributing select instrument tools and accessories for musicians and skilled Luthiers.

Paul’s instruments have received international recognition in competitions; in 1981, he received a gold medal at the H. Wienawski Violin Competition in Poland and, in 1982, he won gold medals for violin, viola, and cello at the VSA International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City (hors concours).

Paul teaches repair and set-up at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute of the University of New Hampshire and can now also be found instructing short seminars in the art of retouch across the U.S. and Canada.

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Holly Gutierrez

Holly is our musician consultant.

Whether performing or teaching, Holly’s passion and excitement for the Viola is her characteristic trademark. Starting on Violin at age 10, it wasn’t until her senior year of college that she fell in love with the Viola after a professor encouraged her to experiment with it. Since then, she has performed in many states throughout the US, Canada, Slovenia and Croatia.

Her favorite career highlights have been playing at Carnegie Hall, performing for the President of Slovenia, playing a side by side concert with Loren Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, the 9/11 Memorial Concert in Shanksville, PA, playing the wedding ceremony at the Maryland Governor’s Mansion for the daughter of Larry Hogan, playing in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob home, and performing at Tryon Palace, as well as playing hundreds of weddings and events on the beautiful beaches along North Carolina and Maryland’s coastlines.

Holly holds a Fine Arts degree in Viola Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied with Stanley Chepaitis and was mentored by Raul Faure. She was a student of Violist Mile Kosi while at the Akademija za Glasbo (Academy of Music) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Holly currently lives in California, MD with her husband and two sons and has a private studio for Viola and Violin students. She regularly performs throughout Southern Maryland with the Londontowne Symphony and COSMIC Symphony and can be heard in numerous pit orchestras, string quartets and small ensembles. She frequently visits schools as a clinician and is an Arts Professional for the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts program at Chopticon High School.