Drew Harding grew up in North Aurora, Illinois, and became interested in instrument-making from seeing his guitar being repaired at the local guitar shop. He attended a guitar-building workshop at Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie in 2009 and a year later attended the stringed-instrument repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Mn. From there Drew went on to study at the Chicago School of Violin Making, where he graduated in 2014. Drew plays multiple instruments, including classical guitar and percussion, and he is also on the Artistic Team of New Moon Opera Company, heading up set design and front-of-house. He began working at Seman Violins in January 2014.