Youri Soroka



My journey as a guitar maker started a few years ago when I wanted to repair my old classical guitar which led me to retable it. Impressed by the result I wanted to build one entirely from scratch. I completed my first guitar in less than a month working at night in my garage. Then the second, then third… I was starting to fall in love with the process. At some point, I realized that this was really something I wanted to do for a living.
I am completely self taught, and greatly inspired by the old masters, A. Torres in particular. I work in traditional manner, all hide glue and 100 percent french polished instruments.
Installed officially as a luthier since 2018 I build full time and still retain the passion to the craft as the day I started.

Prizes awarded to Youri:


Torres model guitars

Concert model Guitars

We met French-Ukrainian guitar builder Youri Soroka at the 2018 Guitar Making Competition in Granada, Spain and were immediately impressed with both the person and his work. Youri’s backstory is almost as beautiful as the look and sound of his instruments. Here he describes how he went from a career in technology to falling in love with the craft of guitar building.

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