Irish bow maker Noel Burke began his career in 1989, after apprenticing with Charles Espey in the United States, and Stéphane Thomachot in Paris. His bows are owned by some of the world's top orchestral players, chamber musicians, and soloists, including violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Anthony Marwood, Isabelle van Keulen, violist Lawrence Power, and cellist Frans Helmerson.
Burke has won numerous awards for his bows, including six Gold Medals from the Violin Society of America, the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris for a violin bow, and a Gold Medal for cello bow at The Strad Cello and Bow Making Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music Cello Festival.
Burke is the brother of renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, who plays on one of his brother's bows. He currently builds bows and teaches bow making from his workshop in Carlow, Ireland.