Nathan Slobodkin is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, whose more than 40 years in the musical instrument field include an internship in the musical instrument collection of the Smithsonian Institution, five years of building instruments in the W. H. Lee workshop in Chicago, two years on the restoration staff of Jacques Français Rare Violins in New York, and a twelve-year collaboration with Reuning & Son Violins in Boston, producing more than 70 cellos modeled after the famous Ex-Messeus Guarneri del Gesù. He has provided services for many of the top violin shops around the United States and his instruments have been sold in Europe, Asia, and across North America.
Slobodkin was awarded a Certificate of Merit for workmanship by the Violin Society of America in 1996 and a second prize for violin making at the Art of Sound International Violin Making Competition in 2014. He has recently attended professional development workshops at the Violin Society of America's Violin Making Workshops at Oberlin Conservatory and at the Emerson Arts Centre.
Since 1993, Slobodkin has operated his own business in Bangor, Maine, where he makes new instruments in all price ranges to meet the demands of the most discriminating students and professional musicians.