Antoine Cauche started studying violin making at the International School of Newark (GB) in 1998. He graduated with “Distinction” in 2001. Then he joined the workshop of Master violin maker Patrick Robin. He worked beside him for eight years and specialized in making fine violins, violas and cellos.
He finally set up his own workshop in 2008 in Angers. He concentrates on making quartet instruments, building up his experience by working with musicians, and exchanging with violin and bow maker colleagues.
His instruments are appreciated and played by professional musicians, students, teachers and soloists (Orchestre National de France, Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Marseille, CNSMD de Paris, Royal Academy of London among others). Antoine is a Member of ALADFI (French violin maker association).
His work has been acknowledged by several prizes in international competitions, such as :
- First prize for sound and craftmanship viola
Viola’s, Paris 2014
- Silver medal viola
Concours Étienne Vatelot (CIVP), Paris 2011
- Two “First prize” cello
VioloncellENSeine (AFV), Paris 2010
- Gold medal viola, Simone Sacconi Prize
La Triennale (Fondation Antonio Stradivari), Crémone 2009
- Gold medal cello, Silver medal violin
Violin Society of America (VSA), Portland 2008
- Three “First Prize” violin
British Violin Making Association (BVMA), London 2004