Michel Eggimann

Michel Egimann was born in Neuchatel in Switzerland in1963.

After studying the violin, he made the first violin in the workshop of Philippe Girardin and four years after he obtained the diploma at the International School of Violin-Making in Cremona under the guidance of V. Bissolotti in 1986.

In 1985, he has awarded the fourth prize for a violin at the 4th International Triennal of Cremona.

In 1986, he won the Stauffer Prize for his realisation of a copy of a Guarneri del Gesù 1742. He also worked for one year in the workshop of Curtin and Alf, American violin-makers operating in Cremona at this time.

In 1987, he opened his first workshop in Cremona.

He moved to Lucca (Tuscan) in 1991.

Since 2007 he works in Rome. His workshop is located between Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Farnese, the heart of the old city. He devotes himself almost entirely to realising copies of 18th century Cremonese and Italian masters. He almost always uses an oil-based varnish.

To date, he made more than 300 instruments for the world’s most successful musicians, such as Uto Ughi, the members of the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart, Augustin Hadelich, Gary Koslosvski, Sean Avram Carpenter, Andrea Kim, Duilio Galfetti , Tiziano Severini, Walter Zagato, Paolo Ardinghi, Enrico Balboni, Josep Colomé and others.

Currently, he takes care of the setup of the Guarneri del Gesù 1744 "ex Grumiaux" of Uto Ughi and his two Stradivari