James Hawkins has been restoring violins to a very high standard for over 20 years, carrying out work for many great companies, major London auction houses and musicians, including J.P Guivier, Peter Biddulph, Byung-Yun Yu and Christophe Landon of New York. As an independent restorer and dealer he now carries out repairs and restorations to violins, violas and cellos for professional and amateur players. Renowned for his expertise, James is a highly-respected craftsman with a superb reputation, gaining the majority of his work through recommendations


Peter Hembrough, Professional Musician and Dealer
“My Giuseppe Gagliano was beautifully restored by highly skilled craftsman, James Hawkins, for Peter Hembrough Bows”

Peter Horner, Director, Brompton's Auctioneers
“Many instruments that come to Brompton's have not been played for years and are often in need of attention.We regularly use James Hawkins' services, a long-established restorer, to put these instruments carefully back into playing condition”

Byung-Yun Yu, Musical Director, Thames Philharmonia
I have found James Hawkins to be a very knowledgeable and personable specialist.
He's always been able to find beautiful instruments for my students, not to mention the fine violin I play on today