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violin making tradition

Master Violin Maker

Rainer W. Leonhardt in Mittenwald

The Leonhardt Workshop, producing qualitiy bowed instruments since 1926, is situated in the small town of Mittenwald. The Leonhardt workshop has graduated from its humble beginnings to an atelier of master craftsmen.

Shop founder Anton Dietl was succeeded by his son-in-law Wilfried Leonhardt - himself son of Mittenwald luthier Fritz Leonhardt (plucked instruments). Wilfried Leonhardt has in turn been followed by his own son, master luthier Rainer W. Leonhardt (1997).

Considering Rainer W. Leonhardt´s passion for excellent craftsmanship, it comes as no surprise that he is also manager of the renowned Mittenwald Museum of Violin Making

Violin making is a very special art-craft requiring the command of many traditional skills.

A special talent for woodworking and artistic sensibility are among them, but most important is the ability to incorporate the vast violin crafting experience of earlier generations into one´s work.

This commitment to tradition explains why hand crafted instruments from the Leonhardt Workshop persuade not only visually and tactilely, but above all in their musical responsiveness and tonal beauty.