Edwin Halloran

In 2012 Edwin became a full time violin maker, making violins and violas out of his Chicago home. His violins are usually based on del Gesu models and his violas are his own model. Edwin won a silver medal for tone for his viola at the 2014 Violin Society of America competition.

Edwin began woodworking at a very young age and his mother took notice. When he was seven she surprised him with a set of S.J. Addis gouges that had once belonged to her great aunt, a furniture maker, potter, teacher, and suffragette whose initials KB can still be seen scribed into the handles. Edwin was asked to keep them a secret from his five older siblings out of fear that they would be lost or damaged. Thankfully he kept that promise and the set is intact and in use at his bench on a daily basis.

Throughout high school Edwin spent his free time repairing, rebuilding, and making guitars. The owner of the guitar shop he did freelance repairs for convinced him to go to the guitar making program at Redwing Technical College after high school. Upon arriving in Redwing, Edwin discovered the violin repair class next door and was drawn in by the hand tool wood carving aspect that seemed to be lacking with guitars. In the summer between the guitar program and the violin repair program Edwin made his first violin in the elective archtop making program lead by John Reed. Edwin thrived in the violin repair program, whose instructor, Lisbeth Butler has a knack for pushing people to perform at their highest level.

Edwin then attended the violin making program at North Bennet Street School in Boston between 2000 and 2002. The school was in the process of finding a new instructor for the program so he had the opportunity to glean knowledge from three different teachers; Kevin Kelly(outgoing), David Polstein(interim), and Thomas Hummel(incoming). Edwin graduated a year early while also completing two extra violins and working part time for a year at Johnson String Instrument.

Edwin moved to Chicago to work for Michael Becker Fine Violins doing repair and restoration for four years. Edwin later spent almost five years working for Louis Torick Fine Violins focusing on long term restorations.