Luthier Thomas Meuwissen embarks on two-year public project to make a quartet


Belgian violin maker Thomas Meuwissen has taken up residence at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Brussels, Belgium. For the next two years, visitors to the museum’s seventh floor will be able to view Meuwissen and his assistants creating a quartet of instruments within a glass-fronted workshop. At the end of the project, the quartet will be presented to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel conservatoire near Waterloo.

According to Meuwissen, the timing of the project was chosen to coincide with the dates of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition: the quartet will be completed by the start of the 2017 edition, which will include a cello section for the first time. A statement from the MIM said: ‘At given times, spontaneous interaction with the violin maker will be possible, and the educational and scientific services will find their own ways of collaborating with this new entity in the museum.’

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