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MARTEN CORNELISSEN, luthier
Marten Cornelissen was born in 1936 in Apeldoorn, Holland. He is an award-winning luthier and many famous musicians have owned his instruments, including Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Tree, Arnold Steinhardt, and Bernard Greenhouse.
Cornelissen studied violin-making in the Czech Republic during the Cold War, with Vladimir Pilar. In 1966 he won Silver and Gold Medals in the International Violin-Making Competition for Quartet in Liège,Belgium, 3 years after his teacher won 2nd prize. Soon after, in 1967, Cornelissen relocated to Northampton, Massachusetts, where he lives today.
After 55+ years of violin-making, Cornelissen has made well over 500 instruments, including violins, violas, and cellos.
(my Cornelissen viola)
(my Cornelissen viola)
(my Cornelissen viola)
(photo by John MacLachlan)
(With the help of various donors, I was able to purchase my Cornelissen!)