He returned to New York in 1977 for further training in violin making and restoration under V.Y. "Nigo" Nigogosian. In 1980 he traveled to Chicago to begin a four year association with Carl Becker & Son of Chicago, personally assisting Mr. Becker in the creation of a number of Becker instruments.
In 1984 Charles Rufino opened his own studio in New York making violins, violas, and cellos, and working actively with leading musicians. Today his instruments are played in orchestras across the United States, from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to the Santa Barbara Symphony.
His extensive studies of traditional violinmaking and related cultural topics have given him a unique perspective and Mr. Rufino is an active teacher, lecturer and consultant. In 1986 he helped Nigo Nigogosian establish the world-famous Oberlin Restoration Workshop. His illustrated talk "The Art and Lore of the Violin", has delighted audiences for years. Recently he was invited by the Yamaha Corporation to assist in the design and development of a new violin soon to be available in the marketplace.
Charles Rufino has a strong commitment to string education. In 1995 he established The Long Island Violin Shop to share his expertise with string teachers and their students. He is a longtime member or the String Industry Council of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
Charles Rufino was elected to full membership in the American Federation of Violin Makers (afvbm.com) in 1989 and the International Society of Violin and Bow Makers (eila.org) in 1994.
Mr. Rufino is a longtime resident of Huntington, New York, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing the viola in a community orchestra so that, like Bach, he can be "in the middle of the harmony."