Philippe Briand

United Kingdom

Philippe is a French violin maker and graduated with merit from the Newark School of Violin Making, where he trained from 2001 to 2005 under teachers Patrick Jowett, Kerry Boylan, Robert Cain, Paul Harrild and Paul Gossling amongst others.

From 2005 to 2007, he made new double basses for Thomas Martin in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which were commissioned by music students and professionals around the world. During this time, he also studied old Italian and English double basses.

From 2007 to 2013, he specialised in restoration and instrument set up at the workshop of Bridgewood and Neitzert in Stoke Newington, London where he was a senior restorer.

From 2013, he opened his workshop in the city of Canterbury where he offers restoration and repair services, along with a freelance association (since 2015) with the J&A Beares firm in London for whom he has been doing repairs and set ups.

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Violin by Philippe Briand, Canterbury 2020
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Violin by Philippe Briand, Canterbury 2020

A beautiful instrument by Philippe Briand, who is based in Canterbury, Kent. Philippe specialises mostly in restoration and he is very well known for his beautiful varnish. The violin is very even and is a delight to play. The bow seamlessly travels from one string to another and the sound is very smooth throughout. It has good projection and the sound carries nicely in larger spaces. It would be very well suited to orchestral or chamber music playing.

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