Ecole de lutherie Internationale "Gauthier Louppe" - Marche-en-Famenne | Belgique | Tel: +32(0)


The school and its permanent exhibition

Located in a 17 th century farmerhause near Marche-en- Famenne, Belgium, the International School of violin-making , arose from a collaboration between the Town of Marche, and Master Gauthier LOUPPE. It aims to train young people, passionate about violin making, towards professionalism in the world of the string quartet (violin, viola and cello), over a period of three years.
The Luthier, after many years of scientific and artistic research and the creation of many classical and contemporary works, has opened this school with the purpose of passing on his knowledge and know-how to young people from all over the world.

The whole tuition is performed by the master violin-maker Gauthier Louppe and his assistant. The training is based on the techniques and methods applicate by the great Italian Masters of the 17th and 18th centuries. Master Louppe cares to follow traditional ways in the making of stringed instruments.
Located in a médieval farmhause, the permanent exhibition is displayed, behind the workshop, where students are practicing the art of instrument making. The exhibition displays panels showing the various stages of making a violin: from drawing the violin, to choosing the wood to applying varnish.
Classical, historical or usual instruments are exibited as well, pointing out their evolution and how they work. On area is dedicated to instruments created by Master Louppe to show and explain his approach.

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In order to uphold the quality of the tuition, the number of pupils is limited. The training demands persevering effort to acquire know-how. Being motivated is a prerequisite.

This is why the practicing a musical instrument is highly recommended. Once a week students are given instrumental lessons in ordre to make them familiar with the
instruments of the string quartet.

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