a craftsman nowadays I practice my profession with the same devotion
and enthusiasm as the former master craftsmen. It is for that very reason
- and by knowing how to work according to traditional skills and exploiting
the same - I succeed time and again with delight in creating something
new. In this way the work of the craftsman turns into art.
Through my training as an engineer plus my many years of experience making instruments - ranging fom the simplest of lyres to the large Barock triple-harp - I believe my exceptional ability lies in creating "tailor-made" instruments according to the musicians┤own ideas. Making instruments in this particular fashion requires my complete attention and the ability to immerse my thoughts in a person and the tone.
Born in 1958 in the midst of the Lienz Dolomites. I spent my childhood in an area called Dra▀nitz in Corinthia, Austria (formerly known for its lead mines). Thereafter I spent my youth in Hall in Tirol, where I also had my school education (just as the name itself tells us - near salt mines). I┤m now living with my family in the town of Schwaz (home to Europe┤s largest silver mine of the late Middle Ages).
Initially I trained as a fitter and later as a mechanical engineer. Thereafter I finished a course of studies on the harp lead by Margarete Kantuscher, Innsbruck. In 1993 I began a course of studies as instrument maker. I play the harp and the Nyckelharpa with the `Duo Harpacadabra┤.
or the future I have set myself many more ambitious goals, for instance developing large and light-weight wire-strung harps consisting more than one string row. Allow me to extend a cordial invitation to all those wishing to visit me once again, be it via my homepage or in my workshop full of light, air, sound and fragrant woods.
I owe my sincere appreciation to
Allan, my dear Scots friend, for his tireless commitment towards achieving
such a wonderful translation so full of empathy. His personal love and
care in searching for the proper word or expression will remain with
me for a long time to come. Thank you Allan.
P.S.: Allan would be very pleased
to take on any similar challenge for anyone requiring