16 3/8" Andrew Ryan viola, 1989
American maker Andrew Ryan trained with Peter Paul Prier at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, and with Adam Whone and Edward Withers in London. As workshop manager at Reuning & Son Violins in Boston from 1994 to 2011, Ryan oversaw the restoration of many fine and important instruments.
Ryan is currently a teacher at the Violin Society of America's Oberlin Workshops, a frequent lecturer at violin making conferences, a consultant with Reuning & Son Violins, and a published author in The Strad, where his articles on the work of Guarneri del Gesù have appeared.
Ryan builds new instruments according to the methods of the great Cremonese masters, his own instincts as an active violinist himself, and his ongoing acoustical research. His violins are owned by professional musicians around the world.