Son of renowned American bow maker William Salchow (1926-2014), Stephen Salchow (b. 1965) studied with his father in New York City. He worked at the Salchow & Sons workshop with his nephew Isaac Salchow from 1995-2013, then moved to Philadelphia, where he is currently the bow maker for Frederick W. Oster Fine Violins. Some of the world's finest soloists play Steve Salchow's bows, including Jamie Laredo, Steven Tenenbom, and Kazuhide Isomura. His bows are also owned by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony.