‘Violin playing is important in Cypriot culture’ - My Space: Michalis Pantelides


The Cypriot violin maker takes us round his well-appointed workshop in the capital, Nicosia

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I was born in Nicosia, so it was natural for me to set up a workshop here. I opened MP Violins in 2006, after returning from Cremona where I spent five years at the Violin Making School, two years learning bow making with Giovanni Lucchi, and then an apprenticeship with Toshiyuki Matsushita. I believe I’m the only Cypriot ever to have learnt violin making in Cremona, and mine is still one of the only professional violin workshops in Nicosia, although there are one or two makers and repairers around the island…

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