Xiaodong Guan is a veteran stringed instrument maker with well over 150 violins, violas and cellos to his credit, all built in his personal one-man workshops.

He trained in the Department of Instrument Making of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, personally studying under professor Quan Zheng, gold medal winner or finalist in most of the violin-making competitions of the world (including Gold Medal for both best violin and best sound at the 9th International Tchaikovsky Competition and Gold Medal for violin at Baveno.) Quan Zheng studied for some years in Cremona and Xiaodong has followed in the methods of the Cremona school of violin making.

Prior to his studies under Quan Zheng, he graduated from the Department of Instrument Making of Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang City, in Liaoning Province, China.

Xiaodong relocated from Dalian in China's northeast to Stratford in Canada's south in 1999.

Xiaodong Guan, 32 Cody Drive, Stratford N5A 8C2, Ontario, Canada - Tel 1-519 273 2574 email