Ulrike Dederer

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

Ulrike Dederer is an award-winning contemporary luthier. She began her violin making training at the International violin making school in Cremona/Italy under Vincenzo Bissolotti in 1989. She worked as a maker and restorer for over 12 years before opening her own workshop in Zürich/Switzerland in 2005. Her work is focused on making violins and violas in modern and baroque set-up.

Her making follows the tradition of Cremonese violin making. In 2012 she won gold medal for her viola at the competition “XIII. Concorso Triennale degli strumenti ad arco «Antonio Stradivari»” in Cremona – for the first time in the competition’s 36-year history the judges awarded a gold medal to a female maker. Subsequently she has been invited to serve as judge at the Henrik Wieniawski Violin Making Competiton in 2016 and at the VSA-Competition of the Violin Society of America in the categories viola, cello and quartet in 2018. In 2019 she was invited to teach Violin Varnishing in Cremona, organized by CremonaTools.

Her clients include the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Trio Oreade, the Walter Fischli Foundation.

Awards:

  • 1 st prize and gold medal for viola at the XIII. Concorso Triennale degli strumenti ad arco «Antonio Stradivari» in Cremona 2012
  • Awardee at the violin sound competition «Jakob Stainer» in Hinterzarten 2012
  • 3 rd prize and bronze medal at the 12th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznan 2011
  • Finalist at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris 2011
  • Finalist at the International Violin Making Competition in Prague achieving  first place for tone quality 1993
  • 21 st Century Violin Search, Indianapolis 2018: my violin among the Top 13