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Jan Bartos
Violin maker

Luthier, a graduate of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. After graduation, he became a manager of Eric Blot’s violin making workshop in Cremona, which he ran for 8 years, building new instruments, as well as restoring and issuing expert appraisals for the most famous instruments of the old European masters. In 2007, he moved to Paris and opened his own workshop in the heart of the French luthier’s centre.

He is a founder and a board member of the Włodzimierz Kamiński and Helena Harajda Art of Violin Making Foundation, a member of the French Association des Luthiers et Archetiers pour le Departement de la Facture Instrumentale and the British Violin Making Association.

Jan is the co-author of the catalogue Polish School of Violin Making. Instruments by Groblicz and Dankwart Masters. His latest research has confirmed the Polish origin of an instrument in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris and led to an official change in its attribution. For this research he was awarded a doctoral degree at his Alma Mater. The dissertation was later published in 2022 as a monograph titled “Polish Violin in the Musée de la Musique in Paris”, as part of the publication series “Unknown Works of Polish Violin Makers”.

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