Luthier Philip Valentin Ihle studied at the Cremona International School of Violin Making before taking a job in repair and restoration at Wilhelm Geigenbau in Switzerland. In 2005, he relocated to London, where he worked at Florian Leonhard Fine Violins for several years. In 2013, Ihle opened his own business, Ihle Violins in central London, where he currently makes and restores violins, violas, and cellos. Ihle won a silver medal for workmanship for his copy of the Rouse-Boughton Stradivari violin entered into the 2015 Violin Society of America International Competition. He has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Association of Swiss Violin and Bow Makers and the British Violin Making Association, and his London workshop was featured in the July 2014 issue of The Strad.