String instruments

The origins of the Vogtland musical instrument building lie in the violin construction. On March 6, 1677,    12 violin makers founded the violin making workshop at Neukirchen, which still exists today.
Experienced violin makers produce custom-made instruments according to the customer´s wishes and perform expert repairs and restoration.

Reinhard & Fabian Bönsch

Violin maker

Fine Violins, Violas
Repairs and Restoration

  • born in 1958
  • Apprenticeship with master Werner Vogt 1975 -1978
  • Journeymanship with master Klaus Schlegel
  • Master diplom in 1982
  • Own workshop founded in 1984
  • Teacher at the university of applied arts ( Musical instruments manufacture ) Markneukirchen 1988- 2005
  • 2. Chairman of the Association "Deutescher Geigenbauer und Bogenbauer e.V. "
  • Opening of a second wokshop in Zwickau

 

 

In the year 2006 opening of a further workshop in the center of Zwickau.

 

Son Fabian Bönsch works also in his fathers workshop.

Sven Gerbeth

Violin maker Sven Gerbeth
Violin maker Sven Gerbeth

Violin Maker

Fine violins, violen and cellos
Viola d`amore, Diskant Viola
Repairs and restauration

  • Born in 1971
  • Apprenticeship with Master L. Sndner 1988-1990
  • Studies at university of applied arts ( Musical instrumens manufacture ) in Markneukirchen
  • Master diplom in 1996
  • Own workshop founded in 1998

    Ute Kästner

    Violin maker Ute Kästner

    Violin maker

    Violins, Violas, cellos, Pocket-Fiddle
    Repairs and restauration

    • Born in 1965
    • Apprenticeship with master L. Sandner 1989 -1991
    • 1991-1995 worked in various workshops in Vogtland
    • Studies at university of applied arts (Musical instruments manufacture ) in Markneukirchen
    • Master diplom 2000
    • Own workshop founded in 2000
    • Chairmann of the Management of MIGMA eG Markneukirchen since 2013

      

    Norbert Knappe

    Violin maker Norbert Knappe

    Violin maker

    Fine violins, violas
    Repairs and restorations

    • Born in 1964
    • Appenticeship with master L. Sandner 1981 -1983
    • 1985-1991 worked in various workshops in Vogtland
    • work with master Bernd Hiller 1991 -1992
    • Master diplom in 1992
    • Own workshop founded in 1993

    Stefan Kreul

    Violin maker Stefan Kreul

    Violin maker

    Fine Cellos and Contabasses

    • Born in 1973
    • Apprenticeship with master L. Sandner 1989 -1992
    • Master diplom 2002
    • Own workshop founded in 1997

     

     

    Holger Krupke

    Violin maker Holger Krupke

    Violin maker

    Fine Violins, Violas and Cellos
    Repairs and restoration

    • Born in 1965
    • Apprenticeship with master L. Sandner 1982 -1984
    • Master diplom in 1998
    • Own workshop founded in 1998
    • In 2001 he received an award at the violin maker´s competition "Jacobus Stainer" Hinterzarten

    Gerd Mallon

    Violin maker Gerd Mallon

    Violin maker

    Fine violins and violas

    • Born in 1964
    • Apprenticeship with master Bernhard Wölz 1981 -1983
    • Journeymanship with master Johannes Rubner Markneukirchen 1983 -1987
    • Master diplom 1988
    • Own workshop founded in 1987
    • Member of the association of German Violin and Bows makers

    Stefan Rehms

    [Translate to Englisch:] Geigenbaumeister Stefan Rehms
    Violin maker Stefan Rehms

    Violin Maker

    Fine violins and violas
    Repairs and restoration

    • Born in 1978
    • Apprenticeship with master Jörg Wunderlich 1995 -1998
    • Studies at university of applied arts ( Musical instruments manufacture ) in Markneukirchen 2000-2004
    • Master diplom in 2007
    • Own workshop founded in 2013

      Klaus & Frank Schlegel

      [Translate to Englisch:] Klaus und Frank Schlegel
      Violin maker Klaus und Frank Schlegel

      Violin maker

      Fine Violins, Violas and Cellos
      Repairs and restoration

      Klaus Schlegel

      • Born in 1940
      • Apprenticeship and work with F&R Enders, Markneukirchen
      • Master diplom in 1963
      • Own workshop founded in 1971 in Erlbach
      • Member of VDG ( registered association of German Violin and Bow makers )

      Frank Schlegel

      • Born in 1967
      • Apprenticeship and work with father Klaus Schlegel
      • Master diplom 1992

      Klaus & Karin Wunderlich

      [Translate to Englisch:] Geigenbaumeister Karin und Klaus Wunderlich
      Violin maker Karin und Klaus Wunderlich

      Violin maker

      Klaus Wunderlich

      Specialist in Cello making and repairs

      • Born in 1961
      • Apprenticeship and journeymanship with father Ehrfried Wunderlich ( workshop founded in 1961)
      • Self-employed since 1996
      • Master diplom in 1998

      Violin maker

      Karin Wunderlich

      Fine Violins and violas

      Repairs

      • Born in 1970
      • Apprenticeship with violin maker E. Seidl 1986 -198
      • Journeymanship with father Ehrfried Wunderlich
      • Workshop together with brother Klaus since 1997
      • Master diploma in 1998

      Reiner Wilfer

      Component maker Reiner Wilfer

      Component maker

      Components for stringed instruments and plucked instruments

      • Born in 1950
      • Appreniceship with father Harry Wilfer 1967 - 1969
      • Journeymanship 1969 - 1992
      • Master diploma in 1991
      • Own workshop foundet in 1992