Ryan McLaughlin has been working on instruments since he started playing bass guitar at age 14. He went on to play double-bass, eventually attending the Brevard Music Festival as a bassist when he was 17. There, his counselor was the in-house luthier, and Ryan’s eyes were opened to what would become a lifelong passion.
Ryan attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon graduating from the four year program in 1999, Ryan joined the staff at Michael Becker Fine Violins in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 2006, Ryan moved to Atlanta to become the Workshop Manager at Williams Gengakki Violins. Since that time he started his own workshop, first in Atlanta, and since 2013 in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.
After 16 years helping musicians with their instruments, Ryan returned to new instrument making. He draws strongly on the members of the Amati family for inspiration. Ryan is a member of the Violin Society of America as well as the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and serves on the Board of Governors of both organizations.