Nigel W. Ruddock was born in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, England.
After preliminary experience at the Cambridge Summer Violin Making Course and at the Portsmouth Violin Shop, he attended the
Welsh School of Instrument Making & Repair, which he left 1988 with the Diploma (Merit) in Violin Making.

He subsequently moved to Germany, working for Master Violin Makers Gerriet Groth (Wiesbaden) and Eugen Sticht (Mainz). On obtaining the Masters Certificate in 1998 he opened his own workshop in Langen.

He is a member of
The British Violinmakers Association and the Verband.Deutscher Geigenbauer.