Matthew Noykos, co-owner of Grand Rapids Violins, is an award-winning instrument builder and restorer and a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. Matthew has a Certificate of Lutherie from the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, as well as a Master’s of Music in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Matthew spent a number of years working for Jerry Pasewicz in Raleigh, North Carolina. While there he carried out a wide variety of advanced restorations. He continues to do restoration work for some of the best shops and dealers in the country as well as maintaining the instrument collections of various universities. Matthew has garnered a reputation for exacting work and high standards among his clientele and colleagues. He is constantly striving for excellence in his craft and continues to work closely with colleagues across the globe, through organizations such as the Violin Society of America and the Oberlin Violin Making and Restoration Workshops.
He also currently plays cello with the Heritage Hill String Quartet and has an active career as a pianist. When not in the shop, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sonja, and kids, Lucia and Theo.