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Visit me at the 2016 Instrumenta in Nürnberg. The Instrumenta is a Musical Instruments Show which presents the craftsmanship and creativity of regional businesses in a personal setting, a great way to get to know more about them, and there will be a full schedule of musical events. This year, stringed instruments are the theme. Here is where you have an opportunity to get to know me and try out my highly refined instruments at your leisure.
Place: Heilig-Geist-Spital, Nuremberg
Time: 14th and 15th of October, 2016
I am looking forward to your visit.
Open Studios Day in Bubenreuth
This year's Open Studios Day in Bubenreuth will be held as part of the 2016-2017 Bavarian-Czech Charles IV Exposition in Prague and Nuremberg.
On Sunday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bubenreuth Violin and Guitar Makers, Bow and Bridge Makers, Peg, String and Rosin Makers, will all open their shops to the general public. In my studio, you will be able to look over my shoulder and see how I craft those refined instruments which I produce.
Come and have a look.
Currently available from my studio:
My Recreation of the "Baron Knoop" by Pietro Guarneri
A further masterpiece has just been created: this one is a copy of the violin of Pietro Guarneri "die Venezia" 1743, now called the "Baron Knoop".
Should you want to not just view, but also try out this instrument, feel free to make an appointment with me.
Photo: in the background, the original; in front of it, my copy.
You are also welcome to try out my instruments at the music trade fair "Musikmesse" in Frankfurt from April 10 to 13, at the stand of the Pirastro company (Hall 3.1, Stand G43).
A Short Movie About My Work and Myself
The Chamber of Craftsmen in Central Franconia has produced a series of movies entitled the “Hidden Champions”, and one of those is about me and my studio. It shows me working and explaining what I do.
Directed and Edited by: Nicole Geißler
Camera and Sound: Julius Kramer
Produced for the Handwerkskammer Mittelfranken 2012
Enjoy the movie!
Concert with Violins from my Studio
The Smaragd Quintett (members of the Münster Symphony) played at a jubilee “Music at Market Time” concert in Havixbeck using two violins from my studio.
KarinStruck - Violin
Christoph Struck - Violin
Mara Smith - Viola
Andreas Denhoff - Viola
Monika Krack - Violoncello
W. A. Mozart
String Quintet in C major, KV 515
1rst & 3rd Movements
1. Violin: replica of Guarneri - Kreisler (Günter H. Lobe)
2. Violin: replica of Guarneri - Cannone (Günter H. Lobe)
Participation in the 2012 Peace Prize of Westphalia
Live music was provided by an ensemble of the Münster Symphony Orchestra for the festive award ceremonies in Münster for the 2012 Peace Prize of Westphalia.
My instruments also played an important role in the festivities. The first violin and the cello were from my studio.
Currently available from my studio:
My Recreation of the "King" Violin of Guarneri del Gesu
The original "King" violin was made in 1735. It is in excellent condition. The outline of the instrument has a bolder shape than the others built in the same year - the "d'Egville" and the "Plowden".
The nicely preserved edges are somewhat wider than usual, and the finely cut corners extended. The perpendicular F-holes have a very dignified appearance. They are reminiscent of the "Kreissler", but in a more open manner.
Since 2011, I have been building true reproductions of this special violin. I use wood in keeping with the original, similar in aspect and structure. The pieces of wood are acoustically matched in order to obtain the best tonal characteristics.
The construction and dimensions are taken from the original and replicated down to the finest detail. The finish is carefully recreated as closely as possible using an elastic, thinly applied varnish.
When all stages of work have been completed, the copy differs very little from the original. It embodies all the attributes of a real luthier masterpiece, not only in appearance but also in sound quality - enchanting and persuasive.
“Musical Instruments Best Quality” — Metropolregion Nürnberg
The Metropolregion Nürnberg is an area which is a nation-wide leader in the production of musical instruments. The best manufacturers have formed a group using the slogan “Musical Instruments Best Quality”.
More information is available at the Website of the Handwerkskammer für Mittelfranken