Richard Grünke is a distinguished bow maker whose exceptional craftsmanship has left an indelible mark on the world of string instruments. Born in Poland in 1930, embarked on his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Edwin Herrmann in Schönlind in 1945, where he honed his skills as a bow maker. Eager to expand his knowledge and expertise, he furthered his training at the renowned H.R. Pfretzschner workshop in Markneukirchen from 1946 to 1948. Imbued with the traditions of his predecessors, Richard's early bows bore the unmistakable influence of the Pfretzschner workshop.
In 1950, he ventured to Berlin, where he joined forces with the esteemed Alfred Leicht. This period in his career proved transformative, augmenting his previous training and shaping his distinctive style. Two years later, in 1952, he joined the Roderich Paesold company, which soon adopted the prestigious "Richard Grünke" stamp for his bows, following his successful completion of the masters' examination in 1957.
Inspired by the works of the great master bow makers and guided by the invaluable input of renowned musicians, he created his very own signature model. Throughout his illustrious career, Richard faithfully adhered to this personal model, resulting in bows that exude a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation.
In 1975, Richard Grünke established his own thriving business in Bubenreuth. His workshop quickly became a hallowed destination for musicians. Recognized for his extraordinary contributions, Richard was bestowed the honor of serving on the jury panels of prestigious international bow making competitions.
He founded "Richard Grünke & Söhne" in 1996, alongside his two talented sons, Klaus and Thomas. Today, Richard continues to play an active role in the company, further solidifying his family's dedication to the artistry and craftsmanship that defines their name.