Jim McKean started his violin making career at the Violin Making School of America in 1973 in its very first class. After graduation in ’77, he moved to New York and worked with V. Nigogosian whose shop was a destination for the best makers at that time. He opened his own shop in Manhattan in 1981 and his instruments soon were in demand. Respected by his peers, Jim is past president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow makers. His instruments are performed on by professional musicians and soloists, including Carter Brey (Principal Cellist, New York Philharmonic) and Andreas Cardenas.