Raymond Schryer, born 1961 in Sault Ste Marie ON Canada, has been passionate about violins since childhood. Raymond studied violin performance at the University of Western Ontario. At the age of fourteen, he studied violin making with his uncle, Fernand Schryer in Quebec for four years. At 21 Raymond earned a formal 3 year apprenticeship from the violin shop, Geo. Heinl in Toronto.
In international violinmaking competitions, Raymond consistently improved his standing, winning numerous silver and gold medals. One of his proudest moments was the Gold Medal win for Cello in October 2003 at the Triennale Internazionale in Cremona, Italy. This cello resides in a permanent collection of contemporary makers at the Museo del Violino in Cremona.
Raymond has been an active member and on the boards of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and the Violin Society of America. He has served on the jury panel for several international violin making competitions. Raymond has enjoyed the opportunity to teach at violin making schools, conferences and workshops worldwide.
At the Oberlin Workshop Raymond and his colleagues collaborate and apply new technologies to the art of violin making. Publishing articles and research projects have benefited his career by sharing with other makers worldwide. Raymond Schryer is a recognized leader and innovator in his field.