JAN SHELLEY VIOLINS
I have been involved with classical music from a very early age. My grandfather played first violin in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and my father led the RLPO for over ten years. I started to play the violin at the age of five, but later transferred to the double bass, playing in the Clwyd County Youth Orchestra.
I realized early on that I was actually more interested in the way the violin was made rather than playing it and I decided that I wanted to be a professional violin maker. I studied for three years at Newark School of Violin Making, under Glen Collins (the nephew of William Luff) and graduated with Merit. Following graduation I worked in a number of violin establishments, learning restoration and repair techniques, bow rehairing and the setting up and adjustment of fine instruments. At Ealing Strings in London I worked with luthiers who had worked in the Hill workshops, and learned valuable skills based on the methods they used. I moved to Germany for a number of years, and worked at Winterling’s in Hamburg and at Francke’s in Stuttgart. Here I was exposed to the European traditions of restoration and worked under Christine Vasterling, a past pupil of Max Moller. I was able to gain first hand experience of fine classic instruments, and talking with high calibre musicians, to learn what they wanted they wanted to get from their instruments.
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