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Andrea Frandsen Luthier

Specialises in the making of fine violins, violas & cellos.

Born in Møn, Denmark in 1957, Andrea Frandsen studied violin making in Newark-on-Trent, England, where she graduated with distinction in 1985. From 1985 till 1988, she had the opportunity to closely observe many important instruments of classical period Italian makers at the « Geigenbau Machold » workshop in Bremen. Since 1988, when she established herself in Angers, France, she has specialised in the making of fine violins, violas and cellos. Her instruments are played and appreciated by soloists, orchestra musicians and chamber players throughout the world. You will hear them in many orchestras, including the Parish Opera, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Danish Opera, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Castile and Leon Symphony Orchestra in Spain. Among the international awards she has won are two gold medals, one for a violin in Oakland, CA, 1994 and one for a viola in Paris, 1991. In 2004, she was a finalist in the Strad Cello Making Competition in Manchester, England and in 2008, she was appointed to the rank of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French minister of Foreign and European Affairs. Inspired by the tradition of 16th, 17th and 18th Century Italian violin making, her work continuously evolves thanks to a regular exchange with colleagues and a close and enriching relationship with musicians. Member of EILA (Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers) and ALADFI (Association des Luthiers et Archetiers pour le Développement de la Facture Instrumentale).

Contact Information

Address: 9 Chemin de la Grasserie
Les Ponts de Cé
Telephone: 0033 (0) 241 457 500
Email: andrea.frandsen@orange.fr