In 1971, I left New York city and sailed on the 'Michelangelo' to Italy to study violin making in Cremona, Italy. 
Since those early days I have worked as a violin maker and restorer in London, New York, Boston, Tokyo, Singapore, Portland, Hawaii and Sydney.Always at very famous violin shops or independently. A journey of almost 50 years, making 270 instruments and almost countless repairs and restorations.
I have picked up four International awards along the way and am listed in four publications/directories of violin makers. Now, as a senior member of this trade; the journey continues. 
Academic degrees from U.S. and Australia in Psychology (B.Sc), Business (MBA) and Neuroscience. From Bachelor of Science to Master's. I maintain many other interests, some for decades.