Lori Goldston

Owning the cello made by Jason, getting to know it, playing it in, recording and touring with it, all of this has been a wonderful experience; it’s been a time of enormous musical change and growth for me. The instrument has a full, fine, textured and beautifully resonant voice and its responsiveness makes expressive phrasing a pleasure. In my work as an improvisor, composer and collaborator I often explore the outer edges of the instrument’s range and Jason’s cello has given me a vast universe in which to wander.

Robert Brewer Young

Jason Starkie is an exceptional maker whose instruments reflect the sculptural qualities and harmony of the greatest Old Italians. He is one of the rare contemporary Luthiers whose combination of studied excellence and spontaneity leads to the creation of instruments that are truly made in the spirit of the past masters. He is also at the forefront of high end, acoustic research and exploring ways to apply twenty first century science to the ancient art of instrument making. The resulting sound and playability of his instruments is magnificent. I have had the direct benefit of working alongside him for 15 years, learning from him on many levels, and getting to be his colleague and friend. I stand  behind his work as a maker, a researcher, a craftsman and an artist.

Samuel Cano Gutierrez

B.M. in Cello Performance

Over the course of three years, I have been lucky enough to play on several cellos made by Mr. Starkie. I have been thoroughly impressed by the sound quality of all of them. His instruments provide great response, clarity of sound, ease of playing, wide range of dynamics and colors, and other great characteristics. Mr. Starkie has had demonstrated consistency in the quality of every instrument — all of them are incredible. I have no doubt that his cellos can provide partnership to any professional musician.

Jason Starkie's instruments have a beautiful, powerful tone and demonstrate impeccable workmanship. I had the pleasure to play several concerts on one of his cellos, and was extremely pleased with its responsiveness, projection, and ability to obtain every nuance. Several of my professional colleagues and students bought Starkie's cellos and violins and are very happy.  

These are great quality instruments on par with many vintage instruments for a fraction of the price!

Cecylia Barczyk

Professor of Cello, Towson University