Jean-Benoit Stensland began his studies in Montreal under luthier Antoine Robichaud. This training enabled him to obtain in 1980 a Canada Art Council grant to study at the International School of Stringed Instrument Making in Cremona, Italy. After graduating in 1984, he earned a certificate of merit for one of his violins from the Violin Society of America.
In Montreal Jean-Benoit opened a workshop with luthier Therese Girard. He has developed techniques based on the Italian classical style, striving for a particular ideal tone while focusing on the visual aesthetics of the instrument. To date, Mr. Stensland has made more than 350 instruments including forty violoncellos, one of which is part of the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilizations.