For more than twenty years I have been making historical bows in my atelier situated in the heart of Amsterdam, my hometown. I began playing the violin at the age of 12, and later went on to study violin with Jaap Schröder at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. It was his beautiful Baroque violin playing which first sparked my interest in this wonderful instrument. After my graduation I spent three years studying Baroque violin with Lucy van Dael.
In 1988, I was invited to join the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, Canada. It was there that I began making historical bows under the guidance of Stephen Marvin, who learnt the craft from the celebrated master bow maker William Salchow in New York. Two years later I returned to Amsterdam, where I now work as a bow maker and Baroque violinist.
Binnen Bantammerstraat 10 A AMSTERDAM, 1011
Contact Basil de Visser
Tel +31 20 623 5614 or +31 6 2422 8446