John Au, violin maker
I am a violin maker, amateur violinist and a member of the British Violin Making Association. I have had a life-long obsession with the violin and its heavenly sound. I started making my first violin 20 years ago at the Cambridge Violin Makers workshop. When I retired from heart surgery I attended the Chapel Violins workshop at Newark to learn the craft at a higher level. In the run up to the finals of the BBC Young Musicians 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason played a cello made at Chapel Violins. My passion is to make beautiful sounding, aesthetically desirable and affordable violins that are every bit as good as expensive old instruments.