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Violin and double bass restorer

Celine Garnier, luthier à Sievoz , La Mure, (Grenoble, 38) - Violon, alto, violoncelle, contrebasse - entretien, réparation, réglage, restauration


Graduated in 2007 from the Swiss School of Violin Making, Brienz, Switzerland.

Four years of training, under the direction of Hansruedi Hoesli, Simon Glaus, and Jean-Jacques Fastnacht, internationnally reknowned violin restoration expert.


2007, 2008 : change of horizons... Violin-making in Central America.


I had the opportunity to meet and work with many different makers, restorers and musicians.  Costa Ricans, Mexicans, Cubans... Different ways to live and feel music, strong traditions and new experimentations, great people, and highly gifted handworkers too.

I worked as a volunteer within the music school of Santa Ana, Costa Rica (partnership with the Music Conservatory of Sion, Switzerland), then with the music department of the University of Chiapas (UNICACH) in Tuxtla Guttierez, Mexico, with  Mr. et Mrs. H. and A. Plancarte, violin-makers in Queretaro, Mexico, for el Maestro  E. Ramirez, violin-maker in Tepoztlan, Mexico... ​



2009, back to France.  Violin making and restoration workshops, back to the old european tradition and knowledge (and a little new music too)

Various internships in the workshops of masters makers and restorers. Ms Hélène Guichard,in Grenoble, Mr Claude Macabrey in Lyon, Mr Bodo Vosshenrich in Villemur sur Tarn ...



2009 - 2017, Hong Kong.

I had the priviledge of having Mr Vincent Gonthier as a master and teacher, and  definitely specialized in the restoration of high quality music instruments. Within Orfeo Strings first, as the direct assistant of Mr Vincent Gonthier and Mr Dany Chan, then as a senior restorer within Vincent Gonthier Fine Violins, I had the opportunity to study, restore and finetune  some of the most beautiful pieces of famous antique masters and be at the service of musicians from the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Simphonietta, the Macau Orchestra and great musician from everywhere in Asia.

I settled on my own in 2014, and created The Violin Workshop, in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.


Since 2017, the French Alps


In 2017, love and family made me choose to go back to France. I relocated the workshop, first in the Trièves area and, since summer 2022, in Sievoz, a small village a few minutes away from La Mure, next to Grenoble, in the heart of the French Alps. I am  lucky enough to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the mountains while working and serving musicians, and I am extremely thankful to all the owners and players who now place their trust in me and my work. It pushes me to learn even more and get better everyday, to provide them with the best possible service. Those last years, I could also build great relationships with other restoration workshops in the area, which, through encounters and exchanges with colleagues, helped me develop my work even further. Also, I decided to specialize in the care, set-up and restoration of double-basses.

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