A native of Oxfordshire, England, Andrew Carruthers worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs in California before deciding to follow his passion for building stringed instruments. Returning to the UK, he studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, near Cardiff. After graduating he joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 he opened his own workshop in Santa Rosa, California, providing restoration services to the violin trade. Since 2015 all of his work has been devoted to building new instruments
He's been awarded two Silver Medals and a certificate for cello tone and, with Chris Peterson, a certificate for Violin Tone from the Violin Society of America.