Biography

From my eleven years of training at the violin making school in Mittenwald, Germany, alongside my work at various well-known and highly regarded workshops around the world, I have gained a great deal of professional experience. Amongst other things, I learned the diverse techniques required in making instruments, as well as the complex restoration skills that now form the basis of my daily work.

Biography

Due to the excellent contacts that I made during my training, and through continued regular exchanges with colleagues in the Austrian (VÖG), German (VDG) and International Violin Making Associations (EILA), I keep myself updated and informed about the latest state-of-the-art developments in the field. In this way, I have gained extensive professional experience that is highly valued by the musicians I work with. For me, as a violin maker, it goes without saying that I myself am an active musician in my spare time. I enjoy playing the violin in the Orchestra of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, in the Sinfonic Orchestra Gallneukirchen, and in various chamber music groups. Because of this, I am able to personally test if an instrument, bow or other accessory meets expectations.

Philosophy

The quality of the sound and the calibre of the workmanship are my prime concerns when I am entrusted with a string instrument or bow. Perfection of workmanship and the love of my profession motivate me and inspire my clients.

Memberships and Awards

  • Member of the Austrian Violin Maker Association (VÖG)
  • Member of the German Association of Violin Makers and Bow Makers (VDG)
  • National delegate for Austria at the International Association of Master Violin Makers and Master Bow Makers (EILA) – this association has about 170 members from all around the world (accepted in 2010 as the youngest member)
  • Jury Member at the Federal Competition for Apprentices of Violin and Guitar Makers in Vienna, 2013
  • 7th International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald (Germany) 2014 – Silver for a self-made viola
  • Upper Austrian Prize for Craftsmanship 2014 for the restoration of a cello restoration of a cello
Award in silver, 2014

Award in silver, 2014

Membership certificate EILA, 2010

Membership certificate EILA, 2010

Master craftsman certificate, 2006

Master craftsman certificate, 2006

Professional Experience

Additional Training

  • Mittenwald, Germany, 1998

    Mittenwald, Germany, 1998

  • Studio Stuttgart, Germany, 2006

    Studio Stuttgart, Germany, 2006

  • Chicago, USA

    Chicago, USA

  • Toronto, Canada, 1997

    Toronto, Canada, 1997

  • Ireland, 1997

    Ireland, 1997

  • Nebraska, USA, 1997

    Nebraska, USA, 1997

  • Nebraska, USA, 1997

    Nebraska, USA, 1997

  • Studio Bern, Switzerland

    Studio Bern, Switzerland

  • Studio Bern, Switzerland

    Studio Bern, Switzerland

  • Arches National Park, USA, 2004

    Arches National Park, USA, 2004

  • Madrid, Spain, 2004

    Madrid, Spain, 2004

  • Fiddle Race Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005

    Fiddle Race Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2005

  • Studio Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006

    Studio Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006

  • Studio Linz, Austria, Opening party 2006

    Studio Linz, Austria, Opening party 2006

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