Izutsu String Instruments is Violinmaker Shinichi Izutsu’s production workshop.
Handmade stringed instruments, such as Violins, Cellos, and Violas,
are made to order using Japanese Maple and Japanese Spruce from Hokkaido,
as well as offering music lessons and production workshop classes.

Izutsu String Instruments is located in Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture,
which not only is known as a city of music deeply rooted with Classical music,
but also happens to be a Japanese urban center rich in nature,
surrounded by forests and mountains,
which helps to string the endearing sounds of the string instruments
made here together with the hearts of many people.


Shinichi Izutsu

Born in Nagano prefecture in 1936. He began his studies under his father, who was a woodturner, and moved on to studying Violin making at the age of 20. He studied as an apprentice for 11 years under Shiro Suzuki, the younger brother of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the “Suzuki Method” before opening his own production workshop in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. He handcrafted the violin which the talented, New York-based violinist, Ryu Goto had used for his debut concert among others, and continues to construct violins with both the pride and vigour of a Japanese Violin maker who is able to bring out the best of both the materials and skills used in making his made to order violins.



We produce stringed instruments making use of the finest local Japanese materials. Each instrument is made to order. Each instrument is an unique one of kind product bringing out the best of the natural materials used in its skilful construction.

  • Please contact us for further details regarding our prices and delivery dates
  • We also do repairs and adjustments of stringed instruments


We regularly hold production worksop classes. Our workshop is based in a natural setting surrounded by much greenery where one can enjoy making one’s own original stringed instrument.

Classes to be held3 times per month
Classes are taught byShinichi Izutsu


We regularly hold Violin and Cello music lessons in our music hall located above our production workshop. Teachers we have invited from Tokyo will teach these music lessons. We also hold annual recitals together with our students.

Music lessons are held2 times per month
Classes taught by
  • Masayo Soejima(Violin Instructor)
  • Naoki Oiwa(Cello Instructor)



Masayo Soejima

Born in Tokyo. A graduate of the Musashino Academia Musicae as an instrumentalist and also a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. She has performed with numerous international philharmonic orchestras such as with the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary and the Seoul Sinfonietta in Korea. She participated in the International Music Festival in Graz, Austria, and upon her return to Japan has been busy as a soloist, as well as performing in chamber music performances, orchestras, recording sessions, as well as being an instructor for master classes. She is also a current member of the Flower Design Association of Japan.


Naoki Oiwa

Born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. A graduate of the Tokyo College of Music as an instrumentalist. He has studied with Tadahiko Ishii, Toshio Mase, Hiroyuki Kanaki, Soichi Katsuta and Julius Berger. He currently performs in chamber music performances and also as a principal player in international orchestras. Additionally, he supports other music artists and performs in TV and movies such as in the film “Maestro” and popular TV Drama “Nodame Cantabile,” as well as in musicals. He is also a current member of the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra.


Do not hesitate to contact Izutsu String Instruments with enquiries using our contact form below. Our staff will get back to you as soon as possible upon reviewing your enquiry details.