Confessions of a Violin Maker | Mike Murray | TEDxSaltLakeCity

It takes years of painstaking work to learn how to make a beautifully sounding violin. Mike Murray takes us through his journey of becoming a luthier and along the way discovers why we should all think about quality. Mike Murray grew up on a small farm in Woodville, Idaho. He attended BYU-Hawaii and received a degree in business and a minor in art. After working in Human Resources for a time, Mike decided he needed a career that validated him in a different way and employed skills that allowed a more creative outlet. He excitedly attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City from September 2012-2015. It was the perfect fit! Mike officially graduated in April 2016 and received the certificate of Luthier. Since then he has continued learning and refining his skills as a repair and restoration technician at Peter Prier and Sons Violins. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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