About

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Atelier Tomoko Murai is a dedicated bow string instrument specialist, providing personal services for string players, focusing no every aspect of instrument care, based on my expertise.

Tomoko Ihle Murai developed a deep desire to become a luthier while enjoying attending student orchestra at college as an amateur violinist. She had her first experience as a luthier when she went on a work experience at Suzuki Gengakki in Osaka while a college student.

After studying sociology at Kobe College, She spent three years training at the Cremona International Violin Making School in Italy under the guidance of Maestro C.Amighetti and L Marchi and graduated in 2000.

After graduation, she spent two years as an assistant instrument maker and restorer for Alberto Giordano at Genova, Italy, and four years as a rare instrument restorer at Florian Leonhard LLP at London. She also worked at the Royal Academy of Music Museum maintaining its renowned stringed instrument collection.

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She set up her own workshop in 2016 in Kingsgate Workshops, West Hampstead, London

Currently I work at J and A Beare and sometimes collaborate on restoration project with my husband Philip Ihle who builds bespoke concert violins.

I work on restoring instruments as well as taking great pleasure in working on set-up and sound adjustment with musicians.