The work of a master luthier is penetrated by a personal imprint – the gesture – which determines the character of each of the instruments he makes. The gesture gives the instrument an exceptional quality that the connoisseur instantly sees: the distinctive mark of the personality of the master.
Isabelle Wilbaux, master luthier, was born (1965) and grew up in Tournai, a city of great cultural richness among the oldest in Belgium. She has been producing violins, violas and cellos for more than 20 years. Some of the greatest virtuosos played his instruments today: violinists Sergiu Luca and Régis Pasquier, cellist Amélie Fradette, violinist Laura Andriani and cellist David Ellis of the Alcan Quartet, and many others.
Isabelle Wilbaux graduated from Maestro liutaio (Master luthier) in 1988 at the Ecole internationale de lutherie in Cremona, Italy. This prestigious school perpetuates the tradition of the great masters of the Cremona lutherie: Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari. Isabelle has also perfected her art for several years with Philippe Bodart in Besançon, France, and Jose-Maria Lozano in Madrid. She then opened her own workshop, first in Tournai, then in Brussels, and finally in Montreal where she has been working successfully since 1998.