Raymond Schryer, born 1961 in Sault Ste Marie ON Canada, has been passionate about violins for over 40 years. Raymond studied violin performance at the University of Western Ontario and enjoys arranging music and performing.
At the age of fourteen, Raymond studied violin making with his uncle Fernand Schryer in Quebec for four years. At 21, Raymond earned a formal 3-year apprenticeship from the violin shop of Geo. Heinl & Co. in Toronto. The years from 1992 – 2019 are filled with research, innovation and rewards. During his competition years, Raymond was awarded 10 medals, consistently improving his standing in international violin making competitions, winning 2 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 1 bronze. One of his proudest moments was the Gold Medal win for cello in October 2003 at the Triennale Internazionale in Cremona Italy, where the cello resides in the Museum’s permanent exhibition for contemporary makers.
Raymond has been an active member and on the boards of: the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America. He has served on the jury panel for several international violin making competitions; 2004 Nachod Czech Republic, 2008 Queretaro Mexico, 2010 Mittenwald Germany, 2012 VSA Cleveland USA, 2015 Cremona Italy and 2016 Poznan Poland. Raymond has enjoyed the opportunity to teach at violin making schools, conferences and workshops worldwide.
At the Oberlin Workshop, Raymond and his colleagues collaborate and apply new technologies to the art of violin making. He has published articles and trade secrets in magazines such as The Strad. Raymond Schryer is a recognized leader and innovator in his field.