Scott Cao, Calinfornia 2013


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Scott Cao, California 2013

Scott Cao (pronounced Chow) is a violin maker (luthier), who is originally from China but now works in Campbell, California, USA. In the mid-1970s, amidst Mao's Cultural Revolution, Cao was a farm worker. A violin-making teacher who visited the area offered him an apprenticeship. He graduated from the Guangzhou Institute of Professions in 1977.

When China opened its borders Cao went to the United States in 1985. He originally stayed in San Francisco where a violin dealer suggested that he should study repairing older instruments under a master luthier. His mentors included eminent violin makers such as Louiz Bellini, Hans Weisshaar, and Roland Feller. In 1990, Scott partnered with Hideo Kamimoto to start a violin shop and returned to China, where he founded a company which makes instruments and bows and established Scott Cao Violins. Three years later Scott was able to open his own shop in the United States in Campbell, California.

His best instruments are meticulous copies of famous Stradivari and Guarneri designs.

Scott Shu-Kun Cao fecit
Campbell Anno 2013