Sebastian Zens

Born in Cologne, 1957
Trained at Mittenwald school of violinmaking, 1977- 1980.
Assistant to Ludwig Höfer, Cologne, August 1980- December 1980
Assistant to Michael Becker, Park Ridge, Ill., Jan. 1980- Feb. 1983
Assistant to Carl F. Becker, Chicago, Ill., April 1983- May 1986
Move to Europe. Employment by Roger G. Hargrave for Geigenbau Machold in Bremen, Germany, June 1986- June 1988
Establishing of own firm in Cologne. Repair, restoration, some new making, 1988-2004
Establishing branch in Munich, begin of intense new making, some restoration work, 2004
Workshop for new making in Tyrol, Austria, 2012- 2015
Munich headquarters, travels, lectures, 2016

Master degree at Handwerkskammer Hamburg, December 1987
Silver medal at Ente triennale di Cremona, category: violin, September 1988
Certificate of Merit, category: craftsmanship violin at the international violin making competition of the Violin Society of America in Minneapolis, November 1988
Employment as part-time teacher at the school of violinmaking in Mittenwald, 2009-2011.

In my approach to making instruments of the classical period I emphasize creating similar conditions to those under which these masterworks came to life. Therefore it is fundamentally important to work with only a few intelligently shaped tools, constantly improving the skill in using those, in order to arrive at an instrument with a soul, that breathes, and that pleases eye and ear.

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