Boris Odio de Granda graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1986 with a BFA in advertising design, and minor in studio arts. The following years were spent pursuing a career in marketing, including employment by (Fortune 500) Ameritech Publishing, as well as serving international freelance clients in Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This career direction however became artistically unrewarding as computer technology entered the art studio, and Boris began searching other outlets for his creativity.
Eventually the field of violin-making was explored, through his admiration for his father Alvaro, maestro and Assistant Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra (now retired). Reflecting upon an encounter with the highly acclaimed violin expert William Moennig Sr. while still in high school, Boris recalled the eminent luthier noting the strong balance between focused technical skills and free artistic spirit that makes an ideal combination for a luthier. Discovering he could combine many of his own interests (science, aesthetics, cultural history, and music) into one project, Boris realized his passion and began to pursue violin building.