Henry Bischofberger’s father and grandfather were violinmakers in Switzerland. Throughout his life, Henry
has followed that tradition.
Henry learned to play the violin in the 4th grade and continued playing through high school in Seattleï¿½s Garfield High School Orchestra. In 6th grade, he started a traditional apprenticeship at the familyï¿½s violin shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle. He swept the floors, cleaned violins, strung instruments, and waited on customers.
After graduating from Garfield High School in 1970, Henry traveled to Switzerland to learn his craft at the prestigious Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz, Switzerland. After completing his studies in Switzerland, Henry returned to Seattle in 1975 to work in the familyï¿½s Capitol Hill violin shop.