I was born in Saarbruecken, Germany in 1975. Both my parents are
violin makers, so going
to the violin making school in Mittenwald after finishing high school
was an obvious choice.
After graduating from the Mittenwald school in 1998, I worked for
Michael Becker in Chicago and then for the Max Moeller workshop in
Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where I could gain experience in repair
and restoration of violins, violas and cellos and also learn about
work on bows.
I left Amsterdam in November 2002 when Tilman Muthesius gave me the
opportunity to work in his shop in Potsdam, Germany for half a year to
learn about baroque instruments and to make new instruments.
In 2003 I returned to Saarbruecken to work for my parents and to
prepare for the Meisterpruefung, which I passed in 2004.
I have been living in Christchurch with my partner (who is from New
Zealand) since the beginning of 2005.