I was born in France and grew up in Lyon, where it’s fair to say that my passion for music and musical instruments began. However, it was not until I served my apprenticeship at the Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz under the tutorship of Hugo Auchli, that I truly began the development of my skills as an instrument maker.
I served my apprenticeship at the School between 1977 and 1981, and it was there that I met fellow student Hans-Ruedi Hösli – he and I became firm friends and he has since gone on to take over the directorship of the School. In some ways you could say that he and I have followed completely different paths in our careers on the face of it – but throughout our working lives there have been so many parallels in terms of the ideas that we share and the way that we work, that it’s clear that our teacher Hugo Auchli was an exceptional mentor and inspiration for us both.
Cunlacl Mart. Soubeyrdn
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