Jean Baptiste Salomon was born in 1713 in Reims, France. Born to a musical family, his father a violin maker and his brother a musician in Paris. Salomon most likely learned his craft with his father and worked with him before moving to Paris. Salomon became one of the most famous and important violin makers of his period known as the Ecole Vieux Paris, or Old Paris School. He opened his workshop in 1740 in Paris at “Rue de l’Arbre Sec” before moving his workshop to “Place de l’Ecole” circa 1748. In 1760, he was appointed master of the violin maker’s guild in Paris. He continued his work until his death in 1767, where his widow took over the business until 1790.