Meet Matthias von Wallbrunn - Maker Feature

Introducing Mattias von Wallbrunn, a talented maker from Berlin, Germany. We are delighted to have one of his cellos at our London Showroom and we think he is definitely a maker to watch!

About me

I am a maker of fine violins, violas and cellos based in Berlin. I was born and grew up in Augsburg in the south of Germany.

In 2001 I entered the Civica scuola di liuteria di Milano, where I studied violin making for 4 years under the guidance of the renowned Italian master Luca Primon. Sincet hen I have put my focus on the construction of instruments of the violin family.

I have also lived and worked for several years in Cremona, before returning to Germany where I worked independently in Berlin and Freiburg. I also worked and gained experience in various workshops in both cities, as well as in Essen and London.

I am taking part in educational workshops in Europe and the U.S. and I am constantly sharing experiences with colleges. Since 2012 I work in my atelier in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

My instruments are played by musicians from all around the world.

My philosophy

The fascination for classical Italian violin making of the 17th and 18th century is the inspiration for my work.

At the same time I strive for a form of contemporary violin making, which is characterized by authentic, individual expression. Sound is of course of central importance and is the subject of every consideration in the creation process.

I am aiming for a sound that is projecting well and at the same time combines warmth and darkness with a clear response and a bright tone, in other words a sound that contains complexity. It is of vital importance for me that each instrument that I build is unique and has its own tonal and aesthetic character.

To embody into my instruments a personal character that is based on the traditions of the old Italian masters is my aspiration.

For my instruments I only use the best materials available. The tone wood is carefully selected and seasoned and of the finest quality, mainly spruce from the Italian alps (Val di fiemme) and Bosnian maple. Pegs, tailpiece and chin rest are handmade. The oil varnish I use is prepared after a historic recipe.
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Here's an example of Matthias' work

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2011 Cello by Mathias von Wallbrunn available at MyLuthier London

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About the Author

MyLuthier was started by two friends while they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The idea was to provide musicians with exceptional instruments at a price they can afford. We travelled Europe in search for the best contemporary makers and we’re proud of our selection and the partnerships we’ve developed.

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