Renowned Japanese violin maker Tetsuo Matsuda studied at the International School of Violin in Cremona, Italy. While still a student, he won fifth place for a violin in the 1981 International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition. After winning silver medals for violin and viola at the Triennial Antonio Stradivari International Violin Makers competition in 1982, Matsuda moved to the United States to work at William Harris Lee Company in Chicago, Illinois for several years. In 1984, he won gold medals for both violin and viola at the Violin Society of America competition. Matsuda established his own business in 1993, where he continues to work from his workshop in Barrington, Illinois building instruments commissioned by top string players from across the world. He has served as a judge in numerous violin making competitions, lectured at music festivals and conventions, and tutored numerous other violin makers. His instruments are very highly regarded and sought after by professional players.