“Scroll, frog and nuts”

Violin makers’ exhibition at the Kronberg Academy Festival

It is so much more than an “added extra”: a musician’s gifting, virtuosity and art can only unfold when the instrument, bow and strings work together in harmony. The principles of what makes a good sound have always been surrounded by myths and thrilling stories and provide fascinating material for research. Today, they are still the subject and aim of the very finest craftsmanship. That is why a small specialised fair has complemented the music programme at the Kronberg Academy Festival from the very beginning; this year it will be open from 30 September to 3 October 2017 in Kronberg’s Stadthalle. The exhibitors come from all parts of Germany, from Switzerland, Hungary, France, Belgium and Great Britain. The fair is open to everyone, admission is free.

String instrument, bows, scores, cases and a lot more besides

Under the title “Scroll, frog and nuts”, 23 hand-picked luthiers and bowmakers will be presenting a selection of their masterpieces. Visitors can try out instruments and bows or attend to instrument presentations given by festival artists.

They will be joined at the fair by Larsen Strings, Pirastro and Thomastik-Infeld, the three leading European string manufacturers. Again, visitors can try out strings on their own instruments. The Bärenreiter and Henle publishing companies with scores, and the long-established company GEWA with instrument cases and other accessories will also be on hand.

Open workshops

The specially assembled workshops of master luthier Ekkard Seidl and master bowmaker C Jochen Schmidt will provide an opportunity to see how master craftsmen make instruments and bows to the highest musical specifications. Musicians can have their own string instruments and bows examined or repaired and there will be opportunities for anyone who just wants to watch the master craftsmen carrying out their fascinating work to do so.

Further information about the exhibitors and the full programme of the Kronberg Academy Festival can be viewed at www.kronbergacademy.de.

Quick info

Specialised violin makers’ fair at the Kronberg Academy Festival
30 September – 3 October 2017 • Admission free
Violin makers’ exhibition and specialised fair
Daily 10.00 – 20.00

Open workshop
Daily 10.00 – 18.00

Stadthalle Kronberg (Municipal Hall)
Heinrich-Winter-Straße 1
61476 Kronberg im Taunus
Parking: Berliner Platz underground car park, with direct access to the Stadthalle

Instrument presentations

2 October 2017, 15.30 – 16.30
Stadthalle Kronberg (Municipal Hall)

30 September 2017, 15.30 – 16.30
Stadthalle Kronberg (Municipal Hall)

3 October 2017, 15.30 – 16.30
Historical rooms in the Streitkirche (formerly Artists Colony Museum)
Tanzhausstraße 1 A
61476 Kronberg im Taunus


Master luthiers and luthiers
•    Frédéric Berthod, CH-Martigny
•    Francesco Coquoz, F-Paris
•    Jonas Gierten, DE-Wiesbaden
•    Christian Guidetti, CH-Locarno
•    János Héjja, HU-Nagytarcsa
•    Carsten Hoffmann, DE-Bamberg
•    Martin Krause, DE-Saarbrücken
•    Tobias Krutz, DE-Düsseldorf
•    Moses Lee, DE-Osthofen
•    Paul Lijsen, DE-Türkenfeld
•    Thorsten Löscher, DE-Wiesbaden
•    Urs W. Mächler, DE-Dautphetal/Holzhausen
•    Kai-Thomas Roth, UK-Somerset
•    Wolfgang Schnabl, DE-Bubenreuth
•    Ekkard Seidl, DE-Markneukirchen
•    Thorsten Theis, DE-Reichshof-Odenspiel
•    Katrien Vandermeersch, BE-Turnhout
•    Matthias N. von Wallbrunn, DE-Berlin
•    Jörg Wunderlich, DE-Markneukirchen

Master bowmakers and bowmakers
•    Daniel Koop, DE-Cologne
•    Christian Leicht, DE-Treuen
•    C. Jochen Schmidt, DE-Dresden
•    Klaus W. und Andreas Uebel, DE-Markneukirchen

•    Larsen Strings A/S, DK-Sønderborg
•    Pirastro GmbH, DE-Offenbach am Main
•    Thomastik-Infeld GmbH, AT-Vienna

Other exhibitors
•    Bärenreiter publishing house, DE-Kassel
•    G Henle publishing house, DE-Munich
•    GEWA, DE-Adorf (cases and accessories)
•    John & Arthur Beare Ltd, UK-London (instrument dealer)

About the Kronberg Academy Festival

Since 1993, the festival has been a major highlight in Kronberg Academy’s extensive concert programme. The biennial event, which began as a cello festival, will run this year from 28 September to 3 October. In its current format, it presents a cross-generational line-up of international stars and top next-generation artists among violinists, viola players, cellists and pianists, including the young soloists of Kronberg Academy. The renowned artists will give 21 concerts over a period of six days at eight different venues in Frankfurt am Main and Kronberg im Taunus. The music programme’s broad stylistic design will be accompanied by workshops, presentations and a large exhibition involving more than 20 luthiers, bowmakers, publishing companies and string and accessory manufacturers.