A native of Moldavia, Russia, Ilya Rutman has been involved in instrument making and repair since 1990. He attended the North Bennett Street School in Boston, Massachusetts under the direction of Marilyn Wallin and Arthur Toman , where his exceptional skill and craftsmanship enabled him to quickly graduate in an unprecedented two years. During school time, Ilya also took a class from Arnold Bone in bow rehair and small repairs. In 1996 Ilya was AWARDED CERTIFICATE for Tone for his Quartet of instruments he entered into the VSA’s international competition in Albuquerque, NM.
Rutman’s Musical Workshop, in Newton MA. His clientele grew rapidly, and in order to better serve his customers, he relocated the shop to downtown Boston on Edgerly Road. Rutman’s Violins was born! After even more success, Ilya Rutman moved the shop again to its current location on the corner of Westland Ave. and Mass Ave.