Ulrike Dederer

“Tradition is retention of the fire, not worship of the ashes.”- Gustav Mahler

I am a violin maker based in Zürich, Switzerland. My work follows the tradition of Cremonese violin making. Beyond the highest standards of craftsmanship, I am focused on developing the individual sound of each instrument and on fitting the set-up perfectly to suit the musician.

I was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1969. In 1989 I attended the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona, Italy studying for four years with Vincenzo Bissolotti. The following 12 years I dedicated myself to restoration, expertise and sound adjustment of fine instruments working in the workshops of Jecklin in Zürich, Switzerland and of Machold in Vienna, Austria. These years of experience gave me expertise and inspiration for my later making of new instruments. In 2002 I passed the Masters Examination (Meisterprüfung) in Innsbruck, Austria. In 2005 I opened my own workshop in Zürich, Switzerland making new instruments in modern and baroque style. Since then I received important suggestions from Francois Denis, Koen Padding, Roger Hargrave, Sam Zygmuntovicz, and other colleagues. In 2017 I participated at the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop headed by Joseph Curtin and Fan-Chia Tao. I am member of the Violin Society of America (VSA) and the Swiss Violin Makers Association (SVGB).

My instruments have won several awards:

• gold medal for viola at the XIII. Concorso Triennale degli strumenti ad arco «Antonio Stradivari» in Cremona 2012

• bronze medal at the 12th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznan


finalist at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris 2011

finalist at the International Violin Making Competition in Prague achieving first place for sound quality 1993

In 2016 I served as a jury member at the 13th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznan.