Zachary Moen is an accomplished violinist, attorney, violinmaker, and stringed instrument connoisseur.
Violinist Since the Age of Three
As with many violinists, Zachary Moen’s relationship with the violin runs deep. He started playing the violin at age three through the Suzuki program – on a Cracker Jack box, covered with brown paper, with a ruler for a neck and a pencil for the bow. Today, over 35 years later, he continues to play the violin privately for pleasure. Mr. Moen's experience as a musician allows him to understand the search for a new instrument from the musician client's perspective and to carefully evaluate an instrument's tone and playability.
Exemplary Legal Credentials
Zachary Moen graduated from law school with magna cum laude honors and ranked in the top 5% of the graduating class. While in law school, he was elected managing editor of the law review and won a state moot court competition. Upon graduation, Mr. Moen was an attorney at one of the top law firms in the country and later served as in-house counsel to both multi-national and family owned companies. He is a member of the bars of Michigan, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.
Extensive Experience and Expertise in Fine Arts and Violin Related Legal Matters
Zachary Moen has extensive experience in arts law and violin related legal matters. Mr. Moen has represented many classical and performing arts clients, including musicians in the many of the country's top orchestras and chamber music groups. Mr. Moen has also represented members of the violin trade in a wide range of legal matters, from contract matters to litigation and dispute resolution, including matters involving fine Cremonese violins by Guarneri del Gesu and Antonio Stradivari.
As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. Moen has taught law school courses in Art Law and Entertainment Law, regularly presents on legal matters at arts and violin industry conferences, and has published numerous articles on art law topics.
Apprenticed in Violinmaking Under the Guidance of Prominent Violinmaker Gregg Alf
Zachary Moen was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn violinmaking as an apprentice to prominent violinmaker Gregg Alf. During his time at Alf Studios, he learned the classic Italian methods of violinmaking. Mr. Moen’s formal apprenticeship lasted about two years and was documented on his blog Diary of an Apprentice Violinmaker, which received over 60,000 unique visitors over the two year period. When Gregg Alf moved from Ann Arbor to Venice, Italy in the summer of 2012, Mr. Moen established his own workshop in Ann Arbor.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Violin Society of America (VSA)
Zachary Moen is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Violin Society of America (VSA). The VSA promotes the art and science of making, repairing and preserving musical instruments of the violin family and their bows, including study of the history, players, literature, materials, construction practices and acoustics of such instruments. The VSA holds international makers’ competitions, furthers research, publishes papers and journals and sponsors assemblies of violin experts, makers and players.g study of the history, players, literature, materials, construction practices and acoustics of such instruments. The Society holds international makers’ competitions, furthers research, publishes papers and journals and sponsors assemblies of violin experts, makers and players