American luthier Arthur Toman (1947-2004) trained at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City in 1975. He apprenticed with renowned violin maker René Morel at the Jacques Français workshop in New York City before opening his own workshop in Mt. Vernon, New York in 1982. In 1986, Toman moved his business to Newton, Massachusetts, where he restored and built violins, violas, and cellos, and taught violin making at the North Bennet School in Boston.
In 2014, luthier and author James McKean published the book Between the Notes, Making Art's Cello, about his collaboration with David Polstein and Guy Rabut on building a cello in honor of Arthur Toman.
Known for their superb craftsmanship and distinctive brillliant and resonant tone quality, Toman's instruments have won numerous awards for tone and workmanship at international violin making competitions, and are played by professionals worldwide.