Ryan McLaughlin, has been working on instruments since he started playing bass guitar at age 14. He went on to play double-bass, eventually attending the Brevard Music Festival as a bassist when he was 17. There, his counselor was the in-house luthier, and Ryan’s eyes were opened to what would become a lifelong passion.
Ryan attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon graduating from the four year program in 1999, Ryan joined the staff at Michael Becker Fine Violins in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 2006, Ryan moved to Atlanta to become the Workshop Manager at Williams Gengakki Violins. Since that time he started his own workshop, first in Atlanta, and now in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.
Ryan is a regular at the Violin Society of America’s (VSA) Violin Restoration Workshop in Oberlin, Ohio. There he has studied under the late Rene Morel, John Becker, Andrew Fairfax, Jerry Pasewicz, Joseph Grubaugh, Rodney Mohr, David Orlin, Jeff Holmes, Guy Rabut, Marilyn Wallin, and David Burgess.
lü-tē-ər: one that makes or repairs stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos.
Ryan McLaughlin has served on the board of directors of the Violin Society of America, and the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.
Sean Lee, Sales Associate at McLaughlin Violins, In charge of Rentals
Having started playing the violin at the age 15, Sean has studied with some of the finest violinists the city has to offer. He can be found playing in recitals, various music festivals, Chicago orchestras as well as chamber ensembles for concerts and competitions. Sean has spent years carefully examining the art of learning efficiently as well as teaching.
“I help musicians find their ideal instruments in which they can fearlessly express themselves when it counts the most. As a consultant, I can help you search and decide what makes the most sense at any stage of your career/passion whether you are looking for a life-long instrument or something special for investment.” ~ Sean Lee