Our Satisfied Customers

Roger Benedict, Principal Viola, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Thanks for the great C.A. Testore viola you found for me Sean. It is the finest concert viola I have played. I have done many solo concerts and everyone loves it!

Darragh Morgan, Violinist, The Smith Quartet & The Fidelio Trio

In 2009 I bought a beautiful early 19th century Italian violin from Sean. The instrument is in wonderful condition and I thank Sean for his clarity and professionalism.

Matthew Denton, Leader Carducci String Quartet

My Nicolo Gagliano violin sounds great. Thank you Sean.

Paul Silverthorne, Principal viola - London Symphony Orchestra

Sean Bishop’s shop should be the first port of call for all viola players, always a fine selection of old and new instruments and bows. I love my Noel Burke bow.

Peter Herresthal, Professor Norges Musikkhøyskole Gjeste professor RCM, London

Sean, takk for at du har hjulpet studentene mine med italienske fioliner de siste par årene! Oppsettet, kvaliteten på instrumentene og innbytte mulighetene - er helt supert!

Jon Thorne, Viola, Badke Quartet, Prof RCM, RWCMD

I bought my beautiful Capicchioni from Sean in 2008. I would not have found such an instrument without him. He has always been brilliant with my students too.

José Manuel Saiz

Mil gracias Sean por proporcionarme viola y arco tan extraordinarios. La experiencia de conocer tu colección ha sido excepcional, y por eso, después de estar en tu taller, tengo la seguridad de que la compra ha sido acertada, en todos los aspectos, y al cien por cien. Gracias también por el trato recibido, inmejorable en todo momento. Un abrazo, José Manuel Saiz.

Kyooli Lim, violinist, South Korea

제가 예산했던 것으로 살 수 있는 최고의 활을 만났습니다. 저와 저의 바이올린에게 어울리는 활을 만날 수 있도록 친절히 도와주셔서 감사해요 숀!

Aernout Kerbert Director , Sydney Symphony Orchestra

We recommend Sean Bishop for any Orchestra or Ensemble for his help, knowledge and enthusiasm for fine instruments.

Julian Leaper, Lead violinist, Maggini Quartet

Thank you for helping me find this remarkable JB Vuillaume. It fits so well with the quartet!

Tasmin Little, International Violin Soloist

Thank you for my new bow…what a great selection you have

Wolgang Talirz, The Berlin Philharmonic

Thank you for finding me the fine Alessandro Gagliano viola!

Maxim Rysanov, Viola Soloist and Conductor

Sean has a constant circulation of very high level bows, both modern and fine old bows. Being a string player he has a good sense of taste and chooses high quality bows. I have my Victor Fetique from him.

Timothy Ridout, Violist, 1st Prize Winner Tertis Viola Competition, Radio 3 BBC New Generation Artist and YCAT member.

I first visited Bishop’s Instruments and Bows when I was just a teenager and have always been excellently guided by Sean! I purchased a very fine Modern Cremonese Viola there which I used for my first performances of many different concertos, as well as several great bows including the Lamy which I play on today! I was also lucky enough to receive a great modern bow as part of the prize at the Lionel Tertis Viola Competition from Bishop’s and am very grateful to Sean for sponsoring prizes at several of the competitions which I participated in!

Amyn Merchant, Concertmaster, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

I heard people speak of a golden age of modern bow making; but it is only thanks to the wonderful selection of new bows at Sean Bishop's shop that I have been able to discover the truth of this for myself (and in the process find a couple of wonderful bows which I use regularly ). I know of no better place to start one's search, or any comparable collection.