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Vita

I was born in a small village in East Germany in 1981. I grew up in a peaceful rural environment. At the age of 16 I discovered my passion for the guitar. Lacking professional training, I have learned by teaching myself and mostly play for my own pleasure. Nonetheless, it is a vitally important part of my life. After my "Abitur" and civil service I took some years off traveling to several countries.

In 2003 I made my decision to begin to study lutherie. I had the chance to work with Hermann Graefe in Lenderhausen, Germany for one year. From him I received a lot of basic knowledge of the craft and I had my first contact with interesting guitars from luthiers like Daniel Friederich and Richard Jakob Weissgerber.

I continued my study in the University of Applied Science in Markneukirchen. In 2007 I took a trip across North America, visiting luthiers along the way. I had a chance to work for a while with well known luthier Gregory Byers in California. This trip has proven to be very influential in my development.

After finishing my studies at the university I worked for Achim Peter Gropius in Reutlingen and learned a lot about repair and restoration of guitars. Since 2009 I have been working in my own workshop in the south of France.