Joseph Regh began woodworking and cabinet making as a youth in Germany and soon progressed to instrument repairs and making fine instruments and bows. He has been making and restoring violins, violas, cellos and basses since 1972. In 1979 he opened a violin shop in Wappingers Falls, NY and Regh Violins was born. He has earned a reputation for quality instruments and bows, fine repair and restoration. Regh Violins has become a center for discerning musicians.
In addition to being a luthier, Joseph is a physicist who was an IBM researcher in semiconductor physics for 25 years. He brings analytical and scientific methods to bear on improving the art of making bows and instruments. He studied bow making with Joseph Kun, a well-respected instrument and bow maker and restorer. In addition to making bows, Joe co-authored the book The Art of Bow Making and authored the book The Art of Bow Restoration. He developed improved luthier techniques and tools. Joseph Regh served as an executive officer of the Violin Society of America, VSA, a leading professional organization, as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Competition Committee. He authored the rules and method of the VSA International Competition and conducted the event from 1984 to 2008. He was vice president of the Catgut Acoustical Society until its merger with the Violin Society of America.
Joseph has published two books, ten violin-related articles and several papers in semiconductor physics. He is the holder of six United States Patents.
He is on the Advisory Board of Mondomusica New York, to help bring this Cremona-based exhibition to New York City.