Making of the violin
When Rob was 20 and living in Ireland he met French violin maker Jeremie Le Grand and they became great friends. Rob worked and learned intermittently with Jeremie whenever he could in between making a living as a musician. He also spent one winter with Irish Dutch maker Hugo Vegtor. After Bertrand Galen settled in Cork, Rob worked with him as well.
The first violin Rob ever made was played by the concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Giulio Plotino in the Perth Concert Hall. He played Mozart's violin concerto on it.
Rob now lives in Torbay and is concentrating on making new instruments. One of the first was a violin made specifically for himself. It was made from 80 year old maple and at least 60 year old spruce Rob selected in Italy. This violin is now Rob's main instrument and the one he uses for concerts and recordings.