Born in the United States, where his Swiss mother and Norwegian father stayed for some years, he grew up in Switzerland where he developed an early passion for both music and wood. Three years after building his first string instrument at the age of fifteen, he entered the Chicago School of Violin Making where he obtained his diploma in 1984 after four years of study and work at the bench. Returning to the Old Continent, he spent the five following years in the workshop of Peter Benedek, a master violin maker in Munich. During this period he could further hone the skills needed to repair highly valuable instruments while participating in the day to day activities of a major workshop. He ended his stay in Germany after passing the Master Violin Maker’s examinations in Mittenwald, a highly reputed school in Bavaria, and returned to Switzerland.
There he opened his first workshop in the Rue Neuve 11 in Lausanne in 1989. Working alone at first, the need for co-workers soon became evident due to a growing number of clients. After seven years the small workshop under the roof of an old building became too small. All the tools, instruments and staff were transferred to number 9 in the same street, where a much larger and more luminous space had become available. The new workshop has become a meeting place for string players in Lausanne and the surrounding area.
This new location has enabled the organization of more than 50 concerts and for a few years the workshop has even become a small official auditorium for the “Fête de la Musique de Lausanne”.
He has been active for many years in the ASLA (Association Suisse des Luthiers et Archetiers), as a member of the committee and also as president.
Currently he is the Swiss delegate of the EILA (Entente Internationale des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d’art) and also a founding member of Strings Attached, a group of luthiers who seek to promote contemporary lutherie in Switzerland by organizing instrument exhibitions with debates, concerts and exchanges with musicians.
For more than three years, he has been co-founder of Néo-Ebène Sàrl, a Swiss start-up already well known outside Switzerland, which produces violin, viola and cello fingerboards made of an eco-composite material without ebony. Their approach is to no longer use this wood, which is becoming alarmingly scarce, and to offer an alternative of equivalent quality, if not superior to ebony.