3rd Generation Violin Maker

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 Seattle’s Garfield High School Orchestra.  In 6th grade, he started a traditional apprenticeship at the family’s 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 family’s Capitol Hill violin shop.

In 1985, he moved to San Francisco to continue his professional studies under master violin and bow maker, Frank Passa, who had studied with Sacconi at Wurlitzer in New York.  Henry furthered his studies there in restoration of instruments and bows and had the opportunity to work on many Stradivarius, Amatis, and other fine Italian instruments.

Henry returned to Seattle in 1993 to run the family’s violin shop on Capitol Hill for 12 years.  He now brings over 45 years of experience to his new shop in Kirkland on the East side of Lake Washington.  Here he applies his skill to tonally adjust and fine-tune student and professional-level instruments to optimize their performance.  Henry offers quality instruments for sale or rent at affordable prices, and provides the highest level of service and skill that the Northwest has to offer.

Henry and Debbie

Henry and his wife Debbie started the Kirkland location in 2005. They make a great team as they each have their specialty, Violin Maker and Accountant. They love to play Ukulele, travel and visit their 3 grandchildren.

Customer feedback …

"I want to say thanks for taking the time to discuss my daughter's not so great violin with me yesterday and also for tweaking the sound post for us. Even though you were very busy and we arrived without an appointment you still patiently and kindly took the time to educate us and offer good advice. As well as a luthier/violin maker you are a gentleman. I can see why your shop is bustling with customers, you're honest and ethical. " - Carl