In my atelier I regularily organize workshops for string players, who are interested to know more about how an instrument of the violin family is built and how it works. In case you are interested to participate in one of the upcoming courses, please write to me, subscribe for the newsletter here or follow my facebook page.


A workshop for string players about the construction, the sound production and the history of violins, violas and cellos.

The idea behind this course about lutherie for string players is to impart basic knowledge about violin making in a form which is relevant for a musician; how a string instrument is built, how it works and in what way the construction and the set-up determines the sound of an instrument. This will be useful knowledge for every string player and will help to further develop and implement her/his own vision of sound.

The workshop will start with a detailed talk and demonstration of the different steps of the construction, from the design of the model and the choice of wood, the shaping of the archings, to the varnish and set up of the finished instrument. We will then look in detail at sound production. I will illustrate in a simple way, how a stringed instrument works, in which way the construction determines the specific sound of an instrument and to what extent it can be modified and adjusted to one's personal need and preference by the sound post, the bridge and the choice of the strings.

Furthermore you will learn about the history of violin making; how it developed in its golden period, the 17th and 18th century and what had changed since then. The course is addressed to string players of any style of music. It would be good, if you bring your own instrument, so we have a variety of different instruments for comparing sound. With everyones participation we can all learn from each other.

The workshop will be held in English and/or German, depending on the language abilities of the group. It will be held in a casual, relaxed atmosphere at our studio in Kreuzberg.


Workshop concerts


A few times a year I organize concerts in my atelier, for which I bring together musicans of various musical styles. The results are evenings of a very special atmosphere and they often end up in spontaneous colaborations between the musicans. In case you would like to be informed about future events, subscribe for the newsletter here or follow my facebook page.


Next Workshop Concert

27.Oktober 2018

Saturday, October 27th 2018
Doors: 7.30 p.m.
Start: 8.00 p.m.

Contribution for the musicians: 10 € or more


James Banner - Kontrabass
Declan Forde - Klavier
João Lopes Pereira - Schlagzeug


Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mieczysław Weinberg

Michael Brooks-Reid - Violine Joel Hunter - Bratsche Michal Beck - Cello

Michael Brooks-Reid is a Berlin based Australian Violinist. He worked as concertmaster and principal by many leading orchestras across Europe and Australia. He makes regular guest appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and many more. As a chamber musician, Michael spent several years as a member of the Hamer Quartet. As soloist, Michael recently toured with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Joel Hunter is a Berlin based British Violist. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997, has been performing all over the world with many leading ensembles and orchestras. He is currently the principal violist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed among many others with Yo-Yo Ma, Christian Tetzlaff, Alisa Weilerstein, and Leif Ove Andsnes

Michal Beck ist a Berlin based Israeli Cellist. She won various awards, is scholarship owner of the America Israel Cultural Foundation and the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz and has played under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding und Zubin Mehta. As soloist she has played with the Israel Chamber Orchestra und dem Buchmann Mehta Symphony Orchestra. She is currently member of the Mendelssohn-Orchesterakademie of the Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig.


James Banner is a Berlin based British musician and composer. He has studied in Birmingham, Paris and Berlin and is very active as a musician in Berlin, the Uk and around Europe. He also works as a Tutor at Leeds College of Music. As a composer he received a studio award from the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe, the Elsa Neumann Stipendium 2018 from the Berlin University of the Arts/Hanns Eisler. His album USINE will be released on 18.10.2018 by the Cologne-based label JazzHausMusik.

Declan Forde is a Scottish pianist living in Berlin. He is very active in the Berlin Jazz scene and around Europe with musicians like Greg Cohen, John Hollenbeck, Tobias Delius, Max Andrzejewski. Together with James Banner he is playing as a duo and in numerous groups with various other musicians.

João Lopes Pereira is a Portuguese jazz drummer from Lisbon. He is a very active musician playing all over the world. He also works as a performer and composer for theatre plays and cinema, and co-leads Trio Jazz de Loulé with António Quintino and João Coelho, Floresta with Gonçalo Marques, André Santos and Demian Cabaud, Wild Bunch with Enrique Oliver, Jose Carra, Felix Rossy and Romeu Tristão and ¡GOLPE! with Goncalo Marques.


Concerts in the past

27. Oktober 2018

J.Haydn, J.S. Bach, E. v. Dohnányi

Michael Brooks-Reid – Violin

Joel Hunter (Solo-Viola Mahler Chamber Orch.) - Viola

Michal Beck - Cello



James Banner - Kontrabass
Declan Forde - Klavier
João Lopes Pereira - Schlagzeug

15.January 2018

pluged viola and voice

Roland Satterwhite - Viola, Voice


improvised cello performance

Barnaby Tree - Cello


microtonal, experimental music

Viola Torros project

Cat Lamb - Viola Johnny Chang - Viola

Biber - Passacaglia
Bartok - Violin Sonata, Chaconne

Maia Cabezza - Violine


22. November 2017

Irish Singer/Songwriter


What happens when two french, classical musicans who love balkan melodies move between old french chansons, original compositions and free impovisation...


 Erwin Schulhoff - Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)


Rhob Cunningham- Guitar, voice



Amaryllis Billet - Violin, Voice
Leonore Grollemund - Cello


Tilman Hussla - Violin
Beata Antikainen - Cello


19.Dezember 2016

Sefkan Günnay - Violine      

Arabic / Anatol Instrumental Music   


The original compositions for this duo by Jonas Müller take elements of oriental and western music and combine them in a unique way. It is also a meeting of instruments not commonly used together, each representing its own musical culture. As guest musicans Leonore Grollemund, Cello und Marlene Ito, Violine accompany the duo on some pieces.                                                                                  

L'est dans l'Ouest  

Jonas Müller - Piano                                                        
Rabah Hamrene - Oud
Leonore Grollemund - Cello
Marlene Ito - Violine                      


Debussy - Sonata for Violin and Piano
Poulenc - Sonata for Violin and Piano

Marlene Ito (Berliner Philharmoniker) - Violine
Michele Gurdal - Piano                                                           

27.Mai 2016

Ayumi Paul - Violin


Patrick O'Laoghaire - Piano, Guitar, Voice

J.S.Bach - Partita No.2 in D-Minor


I Have a Tribe - Irish Singer-Songwriter





Barock Music



Of the irish Band The Villagers


12.Dezember 2015

Prisca Stalmarsci - Barockvioline

Mathew Jones - Theorbe


Connor O'Brien - Guitar, Voice


24.Februar 2015

J.S.Bach, original Compositions


Arabic Jazz


Sebastian Peszko - Viola solo


Avi & Ahmed      

Daniel Avi Schneider - Violine
Ahmed Eid - Kontrabass



Neuberg Trio

Jonas Müller - Akordion
Charles Frechette - Gitarre
François Perdriau - Kontrabass   


Jazz Manouche, Swing Musette