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Philip Ihle trained at the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona.
Then followed five years with Florian Leonhard in London. During these years his focus shifted from restoration to making copies of fine old instruments with the occasional replacement of a missing scroll or table.
Prior to setting up his own workshop, Philip spent two years working with Mark Wilhelm in Switzerland, to building his skills in sound adjustment.
In October 2013 Philip set up his own company IHLE VIOLINS in a spacious central London workshop, building bespoke concert violins and replacement parts for fine old violins.
Robert Brewer Young was traditionally trained as a luthier by Brice Dupin de St-Cyr in the artist's studios of Carnegie Hall in the early 1990s.
Having worked on scores of instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and other classical Italian masters, he is now devoted exclusively to making cellos, violas and violins inspired by these Cremonese visionaries.
His clientele includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kirov Opera, members of The New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, The Berlin Philharmonic, Harvard University, the Opera National de Paris, the Stockholm Philharmonic and many notable soloists.
Before focusing on violinmaking, Robert studied Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently completing doctoral work in mathematics and logic and is on the faculty of the European Graduate School in Switzerland as a lecturer in philosophy.
As a part of a group of makers, museum specialists and acousticians he is actively researching the use of 21st century science to practice and advance 17th century methods.