Monica Fortin

Monica began her musical and violin education in Cuba at the age of seven. After making her first three instruments under the tutelage of European trained Luthiers in Mexico, she decided to switch her focus from violin playing to violin making, and in 2003, she was accepted to the École Internationale de Lutherie de Mirecourt. After completing school, Monica worked for numerous workshops and renowned violin makers in Europe, Canada, and the United States. In 2018 Monica and her family moved to Neuchâtel, Switzerland to take over the management of the atelier of Philippe Girardin. It is here that Monica focuses on the creation of violins, violas, and cellos. Monica is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and regularly participates in the Oberlin Violin Makers Workshop, Oberlin Acoustics Workshop, Villefavard (France) Acoustic Seminar, and Oh!Berlin (Brandenburg an der Havel).


Body Length: 352 mm

String Length: 327.2 mm

Upper Bout: 159 mm

Middle Bout: 109 mm

Lower Bout: 198 mm