The trade of stringed musical instrument making and restoration is called 'Liuteria' (in Italian) and a (male) violin-maker is called a 'liutaio'(in Italian). Among the earliest makers was Andrea Amati (1505-1577) who worked in Cremona, Italy from around 1520. Many of the most famous historical violin makers worked in Cremona, Italy.

James Robinson began his career by studying violin making in Cremona,Italy (from 1971) with the renowned masters; GB Morassi, F. Bissolotti and G.Scarabotto  at the International School of Violinmaking for three years. After that, his first violinmaking job was in London, England at Ealing Strings, one of Europe's best violin shops.