Julie Reed-Yeboah has had her office in New York City since 2006 specializing in the repair and restoration of violins, violas and cellos. She has an international reputation, serving clients from Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Soloists, concertmasters, quartet players, orchestra players, string teachers, and students come to her for adjustments, and entrust their instruments to her care. She also sells classical stringed instruments and bows trying to match instruments to her clients, and specializes in modern violinmakers’ work. Julie and her colleague, Yi-Ping Yang have hosted the Contemporary Violin Makers Exhibition since 2011. The three-day event features over 50 of the world’s finest living violinmakers. Each year over 1,500 people have visited the exhibition.
A graduate of Newark School of Violin Making, Julie started her training in Nebraska with David Wiebe who graciously taught her while she was studying at the University of Nebraska. Julie has worked in major violin shops in England, Germany, and the US, specializing in the restoration of some of the finest instruments from the classical period. She has served as the caretaker for the instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nippon Music Foundation, Samsung Foundation, among many others, providing maintenance and inspection for the collections.
Julie Reed-Yeboah is a world-renowned restorer of fine stringed instruments. A graduate of the Newark School of Violin Making in the United Kingdom, Reed-Yeboah started making violins in her native Nebraska under violinmaker David Wiebe.
Now based in New York, her career spans over 30 years of working in the world's most prestigious workshops in England, Germany, and the US. She has lent her restoration expertise to foundations, museums, collectors, and musicians all over the world, serving as the caretaker for the instruments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nippon Music Foundation, Samsung Foundation, among many others.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yi-Ping Yang began her musical training in violin and piano before moving to the United States to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Florida International University. Graduate studies quickly followed, with Ms. Yang acquiring a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, as well as Yale University's prestigious Artist Diploma. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, she has traveled the globe with a roster of notable ensembles, and concert engagements have spanned the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Kenichi Matano was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1958. He graduated from Tokyo Violin Making School in 1984, and moved to New York in 1988 to study restoration. Since moving to New York, Mr. Matano has worked for Carlos Arcieri, 1988-1990; Philippe Injeian, 1990-1993; Jacque Francais (later Rene Morel Rare Violins), 1993-1996; and Machold Rare Violins New York, 1996-2003. In 2003, Mr. Matano opened Violin Atelier Matano and continued to work as a restorer. Since 2012, Mr. Matano has worked at Reed Yeboah Fine Violins as a restorer and the workshop manager.
Alvaro Corrochano received his early training at the Violin Making School of Gubbio (Umbria, Italy) where he concluded his studies in 1999. He completed his professional training as bow maker in Cremona at Maestro Giovanni Lucchi’s Bow Making School. Meanwhile, he assisted renowned professionals in Cremona such as Luca Maria Gallo, Robert Gasser, and Edgar Russ.
In 2001 Alvaro Corrochano opened his own workshop in Milan, Italy. In this period, he studied the rich violin making tradition of this old town that hosted makers of the standing of G. Grancino, the Testore family, GB Guadagnini, Antoniazzi, amongst others, while making his own instruments.
In 2008 he joined Philippe Girardin workshop in Neuchâtel, Swizerland, a worldwide renowned and awarded violin maker. In 2014 Corrochano received an award in the Pisogne International Competition, Italy. In 2015 he joined Reed Yeboah Fine Violins workshop in New York, where he restores and makes bench copies of some of the finest instruments in existence nowadays.
Alvaro Corrochano was a awarded the gold medal for violin at the 2017 SVA competition.
Growing up in Seoul, Korea, Jeemin Kim majored in Fine Arts at Sun-hwa Arts School, while simultaneously pursuing Violin and Vocal Performance. She graduated from the Violin Making School of America in 2011, and after completing her internship at Wilder & Davis in Montréal, joined Rare Violins of New York as a Restorer.
From very early on she has focused her training on the high-standard Restoration, with special interest in retouching and conservation techniques. Jeemin joined the Reed-Yeboah team in 2015.
Rachel Becker is a New York City based luthier who uses her experience as a performing musician to inform her instrument making. She started her career as a cellist, studying with Peter Wiley at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, while concurrently earning a bachelor's degree in physics. After graduating, she was able to meld her two specialties by enrolling in the Violin Making School of America. Rachel graduated from violin making school in 2016 and shortly after joined Reed-Yeboah Fine Violins to work in repair and restoration.