Europe’s biggest exporter of violins? Not who you’d think

Europe’s biggest exporter of violins? Not who you’d think


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2019

Press release:

Romania was the European Union’s biggest exporter of violins to countries outside the EU, with over 14,000 violins exported in 2018, according to data released by the European statistical office Eurostat on Violin Day (December 13). Romania’s exports represented 28% of the total number of violins exported by EU countries.

Romania was followed by Denmark (12,200 units exported, 24% of the total), Germany (6,400, 13%), the United Kingdom (5,000, 10%), Czechia (2,900, 6%), France (2,700, over 5%), Italy (2,500, 5%), and Belgium (1,800, 4%).

The EU member states exported 105 000 violins worth EUR 23.3 million in 2018, over half of which (52%, 55,100 violins) went to other EU countries. Exports outside the EU totaled 49,900 violins and EUR 16.7 million.


  • Donggaocun, China is home to at least nine big factories and more than 150 workshops that churn out about 300,000 violins, violas, cellos and basses, according to Chinese government figures. That includes about one-third of the world’s total violin production.

    The quality has improved over the years and is now considerably better than firewood.

  • Andy Lim says:

    Denmark??? 12,200 units exported, 24% of the total

  • Jean says:

    Enescu would be proud

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Sad to see the status of Italy.

  • Prof says:

    Romania, is exactly who I’d have thought.

  • Kyril says:

    This doesn’t surprise me. The Carpathian region from Romanian to Czechia has always had a strong violin tradition.

  • Christophe says:

    I think it would be very interesting to also share the income related to these numbers. Probably some countries focus on top of range instruments.