P♦W retouch seminar

Durham, New Hampshire
August 5,6,7 (Monday - Wednesday)


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Paul Wiessmeyer

Paul Wiessmeyer has owned and operated a studio in Boston since 1990.

Before opening Wiessmeyer Violins LLC, Paul trained at the violin making school in Mittenwald Germany. Upon graduation, in 1981, Paul worked for several violin shops in Europe and the US, most notably for Vladimir Pilar in Czechoslovakia and Hans Weisshaar in Hollywood, CA.

During this period he honed his skills in repair, restoration, and sound adjustment, while continuing to make new instruments. Paul’s instruments have received international recognition in competitions, most notably a gold medal at the H. Wienawski Violin Competition in Poland (1981), and gold medals for violin, viola, and cello at the VSA International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City (1982/ hors concours).

Throughout his career, Paul has placed a strong emphasis on delivering quality craftsmanship and services tailored to the needs of his clients at affordable prices. In recent years, he has begun sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. In the summer, he teaches repair and set-up at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute of the University of New Hampshire and can now also be found instructing short seminars in the art of retouch across the US and Canada.


Olivier Pérot

Born in 1968 in a picturesque village near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Olivier Pérot went on to study violin making at the school in Mirecourt, graduating in 1987. Upon completion of his military duty with the French Army, Monsieur Pérot secured a highly sought after position in the shop of the well known French master-luthier, Jean Schmitt, in Lyon. Under the tutelage of Jean Schmitt and Claude Macabrey, O. Pérot developed and honed his talent in restoration and retouching. His sophisticated skills were recognized in 1994 when he was appointed chef d’atelier at Wilder & Davis Luthier in Montreal and again in 2002 when he was granted membership to the International Society of Violin and Bow-makers (IELA). Since 2016 he has served as president of IELA.

Since 1997, Maitre Pérot has operated his own violin shop in Montreal, successfully catering to the needs of a local and international clientele of string players. Maitre Pérot has continued the French tradition of apprentissage by training numerous aspiring luthiers in his shop. When M. Pérot is not at the bench, you might spot him touring on his bicycle or enjoying his favourite activity - mountain climbing.