Philosophy

My love for music has a great importance in my life. I love playing chamber music as a violinist, and going to good concert performances can inspire me tremendously. I also enjoy listening to recordings. These things keep me motivated to work lonely hours in the workshop. As a result I can widen my musical horizon: aside from classical music, I love Jazz but also have a strong interest in opera, contemporary and electronic music.

In violin making, it is about bringing craft and art together. Curves and lines work together to form nice shapes. Archings, models, thicknesses, the set up and a lot more of other factors determine the outcome of the final sound. Sound is so complex that there is work for a lifetime. I spend a lot of time studying the old masters to learn from them. For repeatability of successful results I keep records of all the important parts in the construction process. I find the interaction between the instrument and the musician fascinating and see myself in the middle to help where neccessary.

In my job there is the constant need for further training and education. I tackle this by staying in touch with colleagues and friends. Internet forums, emails, reading journals and being member in professional organizations such as the BVMA (British Violin Making Organization) and the VSA (Violin Making Society of America) are crucial. But I have also found that writing articles for The Strad and the BVMA Newsletter have brought me a lot further.

I make instruments for all levels of players. I have made some for children, students, amateurs, teachers, orchestra players, chamber musicians and soloists. My goal is that they stay happy with their purchase and get a lot of hours of pleasure out of playing my instruments. Buying an instrument is an important investment and in the past some of my customers have decided to pay me in installments or through a leasing system, which I happily offer if someone is interested in this option.