I dedicate my time mainly to the making of fine violins, violas and cellos. In my making, I try to keep a fine balance between being inspired by the instruments of the great Italian makers from the 17th, 18th centuries, combined with modern techniques to analyze sounds and materials. Recent scientific research concerning sound, wood properties, etc. is very valuable to me as it helps me achieve consistency in the sound-quality of my instruments.
The quality and projection of sound is at the very center of my work, through the whole process of the instrument making but also afterwards, when the instrument has left my workshop. During its life, its sound and timbre will develop and be influenced by its owner, thus the exchanges and feedback I have with musicians are very important and enriching for me.
Musicians appreciate my instruments for their warmth, power and their rich, balanced array of sound colour. My instruments are played by professional musicians in countries around the world, including the USA, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Norway and Denmark.
I discovered violin making when I began playing the violin at the age of 7. At 15, I joined the French violin-making school in Mirecourt, where I spent five years learning the art of making and restoration. After receiving my diploma in 2003, I moved to Canada to work with restoration, first in Olivier Perot’s workshop in Montréal and then at The Sound Post in Toronto. In 2006, after six months working for U-Wenk Wolff in Oslo, Norway, I moved to Aarhus, Denmark, where I worked for Jens Stenz for seven years. Encouraged by him, I returned to making new instruments in 2007. Today, I run my own workshop in Risskov, Denmark, where I dedicates most of my time to making violins, violas and cellos.
Every year, I attends the Oberlin College violin makers’ summer workshop, which gathers together leading international violin makers to collaborate and share innovative ideas.
I also have the privilege of working with Frank Ravatin for a few weeks each year and has benefited extensively from his knowledge and experience.