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My formal training began when I apprenticed to a French violin maker in the 1970's and was followed by seven years of apprenticeship with various violin makers in France. Aside from the instruments of the violin family, I have built many instruments of its historical family to better understand the evolution in the production of sound to its culmination in the instruments of Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu.

After this period, and after having graduated from the Violin Making School of America I set up shop in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1986. My shop remained in Salt Lake City for the following 19 years after which I relocated to the Ozark Mountains just outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

At this point I have been a violin maker for 43 years and I am proud of the reputation I have built. I am especially proud of the fact that many of today's most well known musicians have acquired multiple instruments of mine over the years; affirming the fact that not only do my instruments retain their sound quality but that they improve with time. I also feel that any of my clients would be happy to attest to the quality of follow through and long term care that I provide my clients and instruments.


Documentary "Maker: The Art of Terry Borman" on the Youtube video below.



Client Testimonials

"I really am every excited about my new violin and again, congratulations! You get better and better as the years go by, like fine wine!" - Jaime Laredo in 2014 (upon acquiring his 4th Borman instrument)

"I'm delighted with the fine violin you made for me. The tonal qualities are outstanding and continue to develop beautifully. Your violin has nothing to worry about next to the Titian." (his Strad) - Cho-Liang Lin

Upon delivery: "Absolutely unbelievable!" The following morning at 8:00 a.m. "I couldn't sleep last night I was so excited about my new violin. I've been playing it since 4:30 am and it just keeps getting better!" Kyung-wha Chung

"Its stunning looks are nothing compared to its powerful sound. It can sound both raw, almost thuggish and also noble and velvety depending on what one wishes to do with the music. I honestly cannot imagine a violin that would suit my playing style better than this one! I'm completely in love!" - Filip Pogady - Soloist

"I just got back from a tour of Israel, everyone coming backstage after the concerts thought that I was playing a Guarneri del Gesu!" - Nicolas Kendall, Time for Three

"One of these days you're going to be more famous than me." - Pinchas Zukerman

"How many years can a violin continue to improve? The reason I ask is that your violin is now 25 years old and it sounds better than ever! Seriously though, how long can a violin continue to mature and grow? I had thought after a few years it would reach as high a level as it ever would, but I continue to be surprised by this fiddle." - Gerald Elias

"My new violin is doing great! It's so easy to go back and forth between it and my Strad. Thanks so much once again." - Jose-Luis Garcia Asensio

"3 of your instruments graced the stage at our benefit concert....Jaime's viola, his violin, and my cello! It was awesome....wish you could have been there. I'm really enjoying your cello. My other one is going through a 'difficult to play" stage, so yours is bringing me a lot of pleasure..." - Sharon Robinson

"Your instrument was different than other new instruments that I've seen and felt; more like an old master instrument. It's hard to believe both visually and tonally, that this is a new instrument." - Victor Danchenko

"This generation's del Gesu! With admiration and thanks." - Pamela Frank

"I've just returned from Moscow, Russia where I performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. For this concert I used your (my!) Instrument made in 1996 and I am happy to tell you that the violin sounded extremely well. The concert was a great success and many people who came to congratulate me were admiring the wonderful sound of the instrument and were convinced that it was by Guarneri del Gesu." - Victor Danchenko

"In my opinion, the ultimate test for a violin lies in Carnegie Hall. I recently had the opportunity to play there with a quartet, and it was with great pleasure that I told those who asked if I was playing a Stradivarius that I play a new violin by Terry Borman. I'm forever grateful to Mr. Borman for his continued relationship with clients, and for helping me to find my way out of the endless search for an old Italian instrument. I am more than content with the quality of his craftsmanship, as well as the sound the instrument produces. I know I'll use this instrument for many years to come." - Benjamin Bowman

"With great admiration and appreciation. Thank you for giving me the chance to own a concert violin without having to win the lottery." - Dennis Kim

"I just played my New York debut at the 92nd St. Y on my Borman! I had the option of borrowing several fine classical Italian instruments but felt, and sounded the best on my Borman!" - Nicolas Kendall, Time for Three

"Brilliant work! You've just saved me a million dollars!" - Peter deSotto, Quartetto Gelato

"With all my admiration for your truly marvelous work and many thanks for my beautiful fiddle." - Jaime Laredo in 1999 (upon acquiring the first of 4 Borman instruments)


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  • 26 November 2022 0 h 21 min local time