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John Simmers is one of Australia’s most acclaimed violin makers. His dedication for making and restoring instruments has been the key to his success and flows seamlessly into his other passions of collecting and dealing in fine instruments and bows.

John graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1989, after studying viola and double bass. He worked in the violin trade in Brisbane for a number of years before attending the highly regarded Newark School of Violin Making in England. He graduated with Distinction in 1996. John worked in San Francisco before returning to Brisbane to establish his own shop in 1997.


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