Graeme Thatcher was born in New Zealand in 1936. His mother was a concert violinist, and Graeme grew up listening to her play the violin. At the age of eight, Graeme’s brother brought home two records of Isaac Stern playing the theme from Tristan und Isolde.
“The sound of this violin and music so inspired me, that from this young age, I wanted to make a violin and play it just like him. This inspiration has never left me. These were the only two records in our family collection to be completely worn out.”
Throughout his school years Graeme played piano, although he often expressed interest in learning the violin. After finishing school Graeme moved into the field of optometry, where he worked as an optician for 33 years.