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Matthieu Besseling was born in Amsterdam on 6 December 1951. He began making violins when he was twelve, under the guidance of a violin maker Paul Gerhard Schmidt and his father, who was an amateur violin maker. He continued to make instruments while he was studying medicine and when he was at te conservatory (viola). In 1978 Besseling decided to make violin making his profession. He set up business in Amsterdam and since then he has largely occupied himself with making new instruments.

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