Approach

Patrick Robin’s approach to violin-making is inspired by his in-depth study of the most beautiful instruments of the Italian makers from the 16th through the 18th centuries. While creating copies of these instruments was for many years his principle approach to that study, current scientific research and the rediscovery of the principles underlying this art have allowed him to incorporate and interpret his acquired knowledge to create individual instruments of character with sound qualities and a freedom of style that flow from the very spirit of the masters he admires. Sound production and musicality are, of course, at the very center of his work as a luthier. He cherishes the frequent exchanges he has with musicians, and it is through these contacts with them that his work takes on its full meaning and his experience enriches.
Musicians, in the same vein, find in Patrick a willing and attentive ear and a partner steeped in years of practical experience. As a member of EILA (International Group of Luthiers and Bow makers) and ALADFI (Association of Luthiers and Bow makers for the Development of Instrument making), he is an active participant in fruitful discussions with fellow string makers, scientists and musicians about various topics currently being researched about the ancient art of quartet instrument making. He has given lectures and taught courses at the British Violin Making Association at Dartington, at the Oberlin Violin-Making Workshop, at Oberlin College in the United States, at ALADFI conferences, at the Santiago de Queretaro School of instrument making in Mexico, at the Australasian Violin Making Conference in Australia, at the Chinese Luthiers Congress in Shanghai, etc.