Conor Russell was born in Dublin, Ireland. He played the violin, and began making instruments at Cork School of Music. He spent time in several workshops, including J&A Beare in London. In 1991 he opened and ran a busy repair workshop in Wicklow, in partnership with William Hofmann. Repair and restoration remain important to him however as he enjoys the contact with musicians and their instruments. Conor makes violins, violas and cellos. They are rarely exact copies, but are inspired by the great makers of the past. They are usually lightly antiqued. He has made baroque, classical and modern instruments. In 2012 Conor was awarded a Coup de Coeur at the Paris viola competition. Conor is a member of the Entente Internationale des Maitre Luthier et Archetiers d’Art.
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