Fully immersed in the violin world since his childhood, Alec Fushi launched his career in musical instruments when he was just eight years old. His first exposure to the great Italian violins was when he began to accompany his father Geoffrey on business trips. On these trips, he met the leading musicians and collectors of the day.
From ages eight to sixteen, he studied violin at Roosevelt University with Professor Adia Ghertovici. When Bein & Fushi opened in 1976, eleven-year-old Alec helped clean the violin and bow shops. Two years later, he assisted master bow maker John Norwood Lee with minor repairs and bow rehairing. During his high school and college years, Alec delivered instruments all over the world, which gave him the ability to understand the wide-ranging preferences of musicians in different cultures. Alec earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1988.
Alec has been a salesman for Bein & Fushi since 1994. One of his most memorable moments involves the “General Kyd” Stradivari of 1714. His father sold the violin to a patron for Itzhak Perlman’s use in 1968. Alec vividly recalls holding this violin. Almost four decades later, Alec sold the “General Kyd” and took a photo of his son John holding the instrument.
“I’m fascinated by the history of the violin, and violins make history too! Whether they’re worth $5,000 or $5,000,000, the violin becomes a very real part of its owner’s life. It becomes an extension of the player or collector who loves it and becomes one with it.”
Today, Alec has an international network of professionals including professors, students, artists, collectors, investors, and patrons of the arts who have turned to him time and time again for their instrument and bow needs.
“To help a client find that perfect match is a delight. When I place an instrument and I ask the musician how he or she likes it, if they do not answer, ‘I love it,’ then I’ve not done my job.”
— Alec Fushi