Ever since Joseph Liu was a child, he has been drawing, making plastic models, and creating art works. He always wanted to be an artist, but went into Engineering as a college major. In college, he was exposed to violin playing and the wonderful world of violins. He took both piano and violin lessons, and went to the library to study violin books often. After a year of graduate school, Liu decided to go to the Chicago School of Violin Making. It was a great decision. While in school in Chicago, he furthered his art studies by taking drawing and photography at Northwestern University.
At CSVM, Liu studied with violin makers Rebecca Elliott, Fred Thompson and Tschu Ho Lee. After graduation, he decided to get more repair and shop experience by going to Hans Weisshaar Violin Shop to work. He worked three years as a violin maker and then five years exclusively as a bow maker.