Having developed an early passion for Music and Woodworking, Philippe MAHU began his training in 1981 in Joel MENTEC’s workshop in FIRMINY, making cellos and especially double basses.
In 1988, he began working in Etienne VATELOT’s workshop in PARIS, where he specialized in the high restoration and adjustment of very old stringed instruments. This experience gave Philippe humility, expertise, and inspiration. In 2004, he obtained the title of « Meilleur Ouvrier de France ».
Nowadays, Philippe MAHU works with Jean-Jacques RAMPAL, who succeded Etienne VATELOT. Philippe is in charge of the workshop and, part-time, he successfully makes his owns instruments that have been awarded prizes at International Violin Making Competitions, including:
2006-2008 : Baltimore-Cleveland Certicat of Merit Violin
2009 : Paris first prize Viola
2010 : Mittenwald Gold Medal Viola
2011 : Paris Gold Medal Violin / Special prize GLAAF (Groupement des Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art de France )Workmanship Viola
2012 : Cleveland Silver Medal Viola
2014 : Mittenwald Bronze Medal Violin
2015 : Cremone Honororable Mention Viola