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.


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.