|I come from a family of enthusiastic amateur musicians.
My father played the flute; my mother the piano. One of my uncles
was an avid player of string quartets, another conducted a choral
group and played the harpsichord and the viola da gamba. As a teenager
I had the opportunity to hear many of the worlds top-ranking
performers in symphony and chamber concerts, as there was an annual
music festival in my home town. That is where I started to appreciate
the beauty of sound and the richness of tonal possibilities in the
instruments of the violin family.
|After graduating from the violin making school in Mittenwald
I came to New York City where I was employed in the workshop of Jacques
Francais Rare Violins, where I did repairs and restorations under
the tutelage of Rene Morel. While there I had the opportunity to see
and study many precious old instruments both from the outside and
the inside while they were being worked on. Later I also worked with
Carlos Arcieri. These were valuable experiences which profoundly affected
my approach to the making of new instruments. Another eye-opening
experience was attending workshop seminars in Riva del Garda, Italy,
where I learned the theories and methods of noted violin maker J.
v. Stietencron, one of the finest contemporary Luthiers.