As President & co-founder of Dixon Stein Fine Instruments and Bows, Jeff Dixon established the company to provide the highest quality personal attention to musicians, their families and instructors in the choosing of fine, handcrafted stringed instruments.
Jeff was born into a life filled with music. Growing up in Mequon, WI with musicians for parents, Jeff was introduced to music at an early age. Jeff spent his childhood studying with renowned teachers such as Patricia Anders, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Jerome Franke, and Taik-Ki Kim. He became co-concertmaster of the Senior Symphony of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and concertmaster of the Homestead High School Orchestra. He was a finalist in the MYSO Senior Symphony’s Concerto Competition and received Honorable Mention in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts in Indianapolis where he studied with Dr. Davis Brooks and Mr. Larry Shapiro and served as co-concertmaster of the Butler University Symphony Orchestra. Jeff then earned the Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Professors Almita and Roland Vamos.
Prior to joining forces with Liz Stein, Jeff spent many years bridging his violin performance background with work as a sales representative of antique, modern and hand-made violins, violas and cellos. Jeff currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Stacy, and their 3 young sons.
Elizabeth Stein is the President & co-founder of Dixon Stein Fine Instruments and Bows. Originally from Chicago, she has worked in the world of rare stringed instruments for nearly 20 years. In 1995, Liz moved to New York to setup the first U.S. location for Machold Rare Violins Ltd. Today, she is involved with many aspects of the trade. Working closely with musicians, collectors and business institutions, her role is quite diverse. She focuses on sales, public relations, business organizations, event planning as well as affiliations with patrons and friends of the arts.
As a professionally trained violinist, Liz attended the University of Michigan on a 4-year performance scholarship, attaining a Bachelors Degree in Violin. She then continued her education and completed a Masters Degree from Northwestern University.
As a professional musician, Liz possesses the ability and sensitivity needed to address the string musicians' need in finding an instrument and setting up concerts and receptions. By focusing on education through producing Master classes and seminars, she is blessed to be able to bring music to the lives of all people from universal backgrounds.
Inga Olson is the Sales Manager for Dixon Stein. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing as well as writing music since an early age. She began her musical education at the age of six with cellist Janet Janz. Inga continued her studies with renowned cellist Tanya Carey for many years as well as with guitarist Matt McGuire.
A native of Chicago, Inga graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in 2008. She actively performs and tours throughout the country with several musical groups including The Wanton Looks whose first album debuted in March of 2012 and Gasper Ghoul, as well as a string quartet for weddings and special events.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Inga enjoys helping other musicians in their quest for their next instrument and offers an insight that few others have within the industry.
JONATHAN T. REIMANN
Jonathan was born and raised on the North side of Chicago in Rogers Park until the age of 12 when he relocated to the central coast of California. He considers himself half Chicagoan and half Californian. He took up lutherie in 1991 independently after having his interest sparked by guitar making. Later, Jonathan worked for and studied with Don Young at National Guitars. After many years in the guitar trade, Jonathan studied at the Chicago School of Violin Making in Chicago and soon after began working as a violin luthier at a large shop in downtown Chicago. Having learned from the likes of great makers like Gary Garavaglia, Jonathan refined his setup and tonal adjustment skills and furthered his quest for great sound. Jonathan recently transitioned into bow making and currently dedicates his time to both instrument setup and repair as well as making fine quality bows.