Philippe Mahu

Having developed an early passion for music and woodworking, Philippe Mahu began his training in 1981 in Joel Mentec’s workshop in Firminy, making cellos and especially double basses. In 1988, he joined Etienne Vatelot’s workshop in Paris where he specialized in the high restoration and adjustment of very old stringed instruments – an experience that gave him humility, expertise, and inspiration. In 2004, he obtained the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Nowadays, Philippe Mahu works with Jean-Jacques Rampal who succeeded Etienne Vatelot. He is in charge of the workshop, and part-time, he successfully makes his owns instruments that have received awards in many competitions.



2006-2008 : Certificate of Merit Violin Baltimore-Cleveland VSA
2009 : First prize Viola Paris
2010 : Gold Medal Viola Mittenwald
2011 : Gold Medal Violin Paris
2011 : Special prize of GLAAF (Groupement des Luthiers et
Archetiers d’Art de France ) for workmanship Viola
2012 : Silver Medal Viola Cleveland VSA
2014 : Bronze Medal Violin Mittenwald
2015-2021 : Honourable Mention Viola Crémone
2016 : Bronze Medal Violin Poznan


Body Length: 414 mm

String Length: 368 mm

Upper Bout: 201 mm

Middle Bout: 143 mm

Lower Bout: 253 mm