Rafal Turkowiak was born on 9 January 1966 in Golanice near Leszno, Poland. His father, a carpenter, and grandfather, a wheel-wright, had great influence on the boy in the field of carpentry and wood technology.
At the age of 15, he graduated from a primary musical school having successfully completed a 3-year-course in less than half a year in classical guitar. Two years later, inspired by dismantling of an old guitar, he made his first classical instrument with a sound hole and unique soundboard construction with suspended bracing, which was innovative at the time. (see the picture below).
His passion for the guitar encouraged him to play this amazing intruments even more eagerly. In 1983, singing and playing his own guitar among 5000 other contestants, he qualified for the semis of the National Young Talent Show in Poznan, Poland. The jury including Aleksander Maliszewski, a well-known composer and conductor, and Urszula Sipinska, a popular singer at that time, hailed him the Polish Paul McCartney.
Almost the twenty-year-long experience and experiments in guitar making have resulted in successful solution of soundboard. This unique construction with unconventional ‘WAVE’ type resonator places Rafal Turkowiak among the best luthiers. He applies the ‘WAVE’ structure in his classical, flamenco, acoustic and jazz guitars.
He is also creator of first in the world classical and flamenco guitar with resonance tube inside the guitar neck and first in the world bridge with drilled holes in acoustic and jazz guitars .
Thanks to noble and partial sounds this luthier’s work is called ‘the Queen of Guitars’.
Play at the guitars may make musicians excultant.
Rafał Turkowiak is a member of The Guild of American Luthiers (see the photo below).