My Space: Martin Krause


The luthier, based in Saarbrücken, Germany, invites us into his workshop

This workshop has been based here in south-west Germany for almost 50 years. My mother and father met while studying in Mittenwald and then worked together at workshops in Amsterdam and Berlin, until one day they heard there was a great need for a violin workshop in Saarbrücken. They came here in 1973 and started their own business. Both of them are still working, but I took over the running of the workshop in 2011. Both my parents are still making new instruments, but since the start of the pandemic they’ve been working more from home while I’ve been keeping the workshop going. Six years ago I moved it to a new building, just a few streets from the old one; it was very overgrown and we had to work hard to turn it into our new workshop…

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