I was born in Stuttgart in 1969. After finishing secondary school in 1989 I attended the International School of Violinmaking in Cremona, studying for four years with Vincenzo Bissolotti. During my final year I worked with Francesco Bissolotti in his workshop.
In 1993, I received my diploma and in the same year passed the Apprentice Examination (Gesellenprüfung) in Mittenwald. I then spent four years in the violin Atelier Jecklin in Zürich, where I learned fundamental techniques in violin and bow repair and the basics of restoration.