Husband and wife luthiers Wendela and Peter Moes met while attending the Violin Making School in Mittenwald, Germany. After graduating with journeyman's diplomas in 1975, they worked for Hans Weisshaar in Los Angeles, California, where they gained expertise in instrument restoration and repair. In 1978, they moved to England to work with a London dealer, then returned to the United States to establish the Moes & Moes workshop in New York City in 1981. After working for many years in New York, the Moeses moved to Stamford, CT, where this viola was made, before relocating their workshop to its current location in Peissenberg, Germany. In addition to repairs, restoration, and sales of antique instruments, Moes & Moes specializes in making new instruments that are owned by top string players worldwide, including Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, and Ida Kavafian. Their instruments have won numerous awards, including a Gold Medal for a cello at the 1984 Violin Society of America, and a Gold Medal for a violin by Wendela at the 1984 American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers competition, and are very highly sought after.