Ecole de lutherie Internationale "Gauthier Louppe" - Marche-en-Famenne | Belgique | Tel: +32(0)84.44.59.50

Biography

Credentials

Gauthier LOUPPE, born in Luxembourg, on May 12, 1959 comes from a family where the art of carving wood is a tradition. From an early age he learned how to use tools.

A graduate of the international violin-making school of Cremona (Italy) in 1983, he was trained in the great tradition of Italian violin making. He worked for the masters Giorgio SCOLARI and Mario GADDA. For many years he has devoted himself to the restoration and production of string quartet instruments. He is a member of the Group of Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art de France.


Career

As an emblematic figure of contemporary violin making, Gauthier Louppe draws the art of luthery today in a cultural bubbling similar to that of the Renaissance, by his globalizing philosophy, unbounded and by a perpetual dialogue with plastic artists. By the scientific and artistic analysis of the instruments of the string quartet, Gauthier Louppe brings a modern conception to lutherie. He leaves his imagination unrestrained to the creation of his instruments, unique and original works.His first contemporary creation was born in 1995, opening the door to others such as "Quintessence", "Resurgence", "Ouroboros" or "Florilège" and to exceptional instruments such as the violin "Vent de Liberté" and The viola "Gaudiade". His major work remains the quartet "Phénix".

All his instruments combine aesthetics with scientific research, ergonomics with innovation. They seduce various artists, composers and musicians as much by their original forms as by the richness of their sounds.

His first contemporary creation was born in 1995, opening the door to others such as "Quintessence", "Resurgence", "Ouroboros" or "Florilège" and to exceptional instruments such as the violin "Vent de Liberté" and The viola "Gaudiade". His major work remains the quartet "Phénix".

 His fame brings him to exhibit his works in many countries, including Belgium, France, Italy, Canada, U.S.A., and China. He also gives lectures on themes of technique, history, art, science and philosophy.

In collaboration with the city of Marche-en-Famenne, the international school of lutherie is born, it allows to transmit the value of the tradition, its know-how and its passion to the future luthiers. 


Awards

1982: Laureate of the foundation for artistic promotion, W. STAUFFER, for the creation of the inlaid cistre.

1995: Silver medal with special mention of the Académie Internationale de Lutèce, Paris, for the realization of the "contemporary violin".

1995: First prize awarded by the Commission of Encouragement to the Crafts of Art of the Nord / Pas-de-Calais region, France, during the 7th International Carrefour.

1996: Laureate of the foundation of Dr. Désiré JAUMIN, for Sciences, Arts and Letters in Wallonia.

1996: Appointed citizen of honor of Martelange.

2001: Walloon winner of the SPES Foundation.

2007: Godefroid Cultural Merit Award of the Province of Luxembourg.


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