Gabriela Guadalajara was a teenager in early 1980s, a time when most kids were listening to Queen, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. But she fell in love with Bach, Handel and Purcell.
“It’s the music that I love the most and it’s always been the case,” Guadalajara said. “It’s not from my time, or my culture, but I feel extremely close to it.”
The closeness is almost literal: Guadalajara has spent 21 years crafting the string instruments that help define baroque music.
Trained as a violin and viol maker in her native Mexico, Guadalajara moved to New York in 1996 to apprentice at a violin-making workshop. Three years later, the legendary violinmaker William Monical hired her, changing her life.