Biography

Patrick Robin devotes himself to the making of violins, violas and cellos and to sound adjustments for an international clientele of professional musicians. He established himself in Angers in 1988, sharing his workshop at that time with Andrea Frandsen. In 2006, he moved his studio to a villa facing the Loire River, a bright and inspiring site where he enjoys making his instruments and welcoming musicians. Graduating from the Newark School of Violin Making in 1984, he received the “Royal Oakden Cup” for outstanding achievements. He then moved to Bremen to join an international team of restorers led by Roger Hargrave, where he repaired, adjusted and studied in depth some of the most outstanding Italian instruments of the classical schools. In 1991 the 1st International Violin Making Competition of Paris awarded him two Gold Medals for violin and cello…
together with “le Prix de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts” and “le Prix de la Fondation Marcel Vatelot”. He has also received Gold Medals for a viola at the Mittenwald Competition in 1989 and for a cello at the Manchester Strad Cello Making Competition in 1994. He has served since on the juries of a number of international violin-making competitions.
In November 2000, Patrick Robin was promoted to the rank of “Maître d’art” by the French Ministry of Culture.