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"I think an authentic instrument reflects the person who made it. I try to combine the choice of the wood with the model, the sound, the varnish, etc. If everything goes well together, the instrument is authentic. If I were just trying to make an instrument in the same way as Stradivari, I would end up losing my authenticity, because I would go down a path that’s too far removed from who I am."

Ulrike Dederer studied at the international violin making school in Cremona, Italy, under Vincenzo and Francesco Bissolotti. Working in the Cremonese tradition and building each instrument specifically to suit the individual musician, she creates violins, violas and cellos at her workshop in Zurich.

Ulrike Dederer
Violin maker
www.dederer.ch

Criteria for excellence

Authenticity

"I think an authentic instrument reflects the person who made it. I try to combine the choice of the wood with the model, the sound, the varnish, etc. If everything goes well together, the instrument is authentic. If I were just trying to make an instrument in the same way as Stradivari, I would end up losing my authenticity, because I would go down a path that’s too far removed from who I am."

Ulrike Dederer studied at the international violin making school in Cremona, Italy, under Vincenzo and Francesco Bissolotti. Working in the Cremonese tradition and building each instrument specifically to suit the individual musician, she creates violins, violas and cellos at her workshop in Zurich.

Ulrike Dederer
Violin maker
www.dederer.ch