Yann Poulain

Yann Poulain graduated in 2001 from the Newark School of Violin Making in England. He then 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.

His instruments are inspired by 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 from the Renaissance era. Passionate about the rediscovery of lost knowledge, Yann has done research since 2003. He shares his findings, holds 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 member of the VSA, ALADFI, and AIMM. With his colleagues from the Sainte-Anne district, he is an active participant in the local music community, organizing concerts, exhibitions, and music instruction. He was recognized in 2013 by the “Chamber of Trades and Crafts” with the “Excellence Artisanale” prize.


2014 | Viola sound, Viola's exhibition, Paris

2012 | Merit for sound quartet, Violin Society of America

2011 | 1st Viola sound, Fete des luthiers, Montpellier



Back length: 353 mm | String length: 328 mm Upper bout: 164 mm | Middle bout: 105 mm | Lower bout: 201 mm