Paul Noulet founded his own workshop in rural France in 2006. Since then, he has focused exclusively on building new violins, violas and cellos there.
In the decade before 2006, he worked under some of the world’s most famous master luthiers in the United States, Asia and Europe. He is a graduate of the Chicago School of Violin Making.
Noulet specializes in creating instruments in the tradition of the great masters of the golden age of Cremonese violin making. Some are exact copies of their work, while others build on their designs, materials, techniques and artistry.
His passion for the Cremonese masters has become something of an obsession: he seeks out timber providing wood similar to the wood they used; and he continues to create his own varnishes, experimenting with different formulas. The goal is ultimately to recreate the acoustic properties and aesthetic qualities achieved by Amati, Stradivari and their contemporaries.
Noulet feels especially privileged to have had extended access to some of the most beautiful surviving instruments from this period. This has enabled him to intimately study some prestigious exemples: the 1709 ex-Crawford Stradivari, an outstanding reference viola by Antonio and Girolamo Amati that dates to 1616, and the amazing “Kruse” Stradivarius violin from 1721. You can see and try the Amati and the “Kruse” in this exhibition.
Noulet has won several prizes in international settings: the Triennale competition in Cremona, Viola’s and VioloncellenScene competitions in France, as well as medals from the Violin Society of America (VSA). Noulet is involved in several international violin making organizations, and participates in instrument fairs and exhibitions around the world, including Mondomusica in Cremona and Musicora in Paris. He is a member of ALADFI, the French association of violin makers.
His instruments may be heard in numerous ensembles, including: the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, Chambre Philharmonique, Andràs Schiff Orchestra, Pelléas Chamber Orchestra.