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Philippe Girardin Atelier Lutherie

Philippe Girardin in his workshop

Born in an artist's family, his mother a pianist and his father a sculptor, Philippe Girardin starts playing piano and violin at the age of six, gets his baccalaureate degree in 1976, begins sociology studies at the university, obtains his Diploma from the Violinmaking School of Cremona in 1981, plays in an orchestra since 25 years, runs two violinmaking workshops in Milan and Neuchâtel with his associates A-D Cardinet, S. Rusticoni and A. Corrochano, does fundamental research on the acoustics of violin for 17 years, is interested in photography (photos of instruments), has a passion for the varnishes of italian 16th, 17th and 18th centuries (look at the chapter « VARNISH » ) and spends his free time in museums. He is married and has four children.


Member of the VSA (USA) and SVGB (CH), he won the following rewards:

- 1983 Laureate (cello) , Louis Spohr Competition, Kassel, Germany

- 2008 Silver Medal (violin) , VSA Competition, USA

- 2008 Certificate of Merit for Tone (viola) , VSA Competition, USA

- 2010 Gold Medal (violin, copy of antique) , Pisogne Competition, Italy

- 2010 1st Prize for acoustics (violin), Pisogne Competiton, Italy

- 2010 Jury's Special Prize for acoustics and varnish (violin, author's copy), Pisogne Competition, Italy



My colleagues and associates

Cardinet Rusticoni Denon Corrochano



Anne-Dominique Cardinet

Anne-Dominique Cardinet

Born  in Paris in 1955, Anne-Dominique Cardinet  soon settled in her adoptive country, Switzerland. Equally drawn to the Fine Arts and music, her studies first ventured  through psychology and music therapy before returning to her first passion -  piano - which she taught for some time  while raising a family.

However, her long standing fascination with the violin led her to begin an in-depth  study of the instrument, from which sprung dreams of becoming a violin maker. The turning point came when she met Philippe Girardin in 1990 and convinced him to take her on as an apprentice. Since then, she continues to pursue in the workshop her quest for harmony, and joins the association in 2007.




Sylvain Rusticoni

Sylvain Rusticoni

Born in Geneva in 1976, Sylvain Rusticoni began studying classical guitar at the age of eight, and early on developed a passion for woodworking, string instruments and their tone from his father’s workshop.  After completing his studies in engineering in 1996, Sylvain spent three years in the Violinmaking School of Quebec, where he earned his diploma in 2001. He perfected his craft in the workshop of Philippe Girardin,  and became an associate in 2007. Concurrently, he opened his own workshop in 2004, specializing in cello making.




Alvaro Corrochano

Alvaro Corrochano

Alvaro Corrochano acquired mastery of this old art in the most traditional way. In 1996 he starts his instruction as violing maker, coordinating  his studies with  the attendance to prestigious workshops in Cremona; asking, observing, memorizing and then applying to his own work every single detail learned.

Alvaro Corrochano completed his professional training  as bow maker in 2001 in Cremona; his apprenticeship by then had turned into assistance to renowned professionals.
In 2001 Corrochano opened  his own workshop in Milan, in the historical "Navigli" area, between the ancient basin and the recent Auditorium Giuseppe Verdi.In 2008 he integrates, as restorer, the workshop Girardin Cardinet Rusticoni in Neuchâtel, Swiss.

Alvaro Corrochano exhibits in the international fears of Cremona Mondomusica and Frankfurt Musikmesse.




Ernst Peterka,

Ernst peterka

Violonist and teacher.  Ambassador of our violins in France and in Germany.

Contact in Paris:

0033 6 16 72 34 77  mobile

0033 0 43 55 44 82 home


In order to enable children to benefit from the new instrument-making techniques, the workshop has developed a line of high quality instruments available for rent. Among the almost 600 little violins, violas and cellos from 1/32 to 3/4 size, hired out in Switzerland and abroad, one hundred have been specially adjusted, balanced and harmonized for children with as much care as for a full size instrument.

This activity has become an important field of applied research for the workshop. In accordance with the ethics governing  alterations to an existing instrument, two designs are made for each instrument, which can be compared to each other. The initial design shows the state in which the original instrument entered the workshop; the second design indicates precisely the modifications undergone by the instrument with the intention of improving its tone.