Noémie Viaud has passionately been making violins, violas, and cellos for the past 20 years, she is currently based in Risskov, Denmark. Musicians from all over the world play Noémie’s instruments, they appreciate her instruments for their character, power and their rich, balanced array of sound color.
Noémie discovered violin making when she began playing the violin at the age of 7. In 1998, at the age of 15, Noémie knew that she had found her vocation and she joined the French violin-making school in Mirecourt, where she spent five years learning the art of making and restoration. After receiving her diploma, Noémie worked in multiple workshops: Olivier Perot (Montréal, Canada), The Sound Post (Toronto, Canada), Urs Wenk Wolff (Oslo, Norway). In 2006, Noémie moved to Denmark, where she worked for Jens Stenz for seven years. Encouraged by him, she returned to making new instruments in 2007. Today, Noémie runs her own workshop in Risskov, Demark, where she dedicates her time to making violins, violas, and cellos. Noémie also loves to exchange ideas and knowledge with colleagues and takes part in different violin making workshops throughout the year like the Oberlin College violin makers’ summer workshop, which gathers together leading international violin makers to collaborate and share innovative ideas. Noémie also has the privilege of working with Frank Ravatin for a few weeks each year.
Noémie was awarded an honorable mention for her viola at the 15th international violin making competition in Cremona this year.