Yann Poulain graduated in 2001 from the Newark School of Violin Making in England. Then he devoted himself to the making of fine violins, violas and cellos. He established his workshop in Montpellier in 2007 in the historic city center. His instruments are played by musicians in Asia, Europe and the United States of America.
Poulain’s instruments are inspired from those of the Cremonese Masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. In order to produce the best sounding instruments and to monitor consistency in tone production, his making process is controlled entirely by himself: from the choice of the wood to the cooking of the varnish in the purest tradition of the Cremonese know-how at the Renaissance time. Passionate about the rediscovery of lost knowledge, Yann has been doing researche since 2003. He exposes his findings, does conferences such as “The Mystery of the Ventral Pin” at the Stradivari exhibition in the Fabre museum of Montpellier, and publishes articles in “The Strad” magazine.
Yann is a member of the VSA, ALADFI and AIMM. With his colleagues from the Sainte-Anne district, he actively
participates in the local music life organizing concerts, exhibitions, music academy, and more.
The mastering of his know-how was recognized in 2013 by the “Chamber of Trades and Crafts” with the “Excellence Artisanale” prize.
Other prizes: 1st Viola sound, Fete des luthiers, Montpellier 2011 – Merit for sound quartet, VSA 2012 – Viola sound, Viola’s, Paris 2014