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Visit of the National School of Lutherie 
followed by a screening of the film
"Le luthier" by Claude Santelli

7 & 8 

1:00 p.m.

National School of Lutherie

241 Rue Laberte et Moigné  88500 Mirecourt.

Visit of the E.N.L. workshops



The École Nationale de Lutherie (National School of Violin Making) was founded in 1970.

Mirecourt, the cradle of French violin making.
It was thanks to the Groupement des Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art de France, and in particular to Etienne VATELOT, a Parisian luthier trained in Mirecourt, that we were able to open this prestigious school: we celebrated the school's 50th anniversary in July 2021! Today, it is the only public training centre in France dedicated to quartet making (violin, cello, viola).

The School offers free training, funded by the French Ministry of Education. It recruits after the baccalauréat and leads to the Diplôme des Métiers d'Arts en Lutherie.

The course takes place over three years and involves around 12 students at each of the CAP and DMA levels.

Recruitment is international.

On completion of the course, students are taken on in the workshop.

Some students extend their training by taking a course in sculpture, or go into the restoration field.


Students must submit an application for entry to the CAP, comprising an administrative section (covering letter, school reports, certificate of musical practice, diplomas if any) and a more personal 'portfolio' presenting their motivation, career path and aptitude for manual practice.

The selection panel is made up of luthiers, teachers and musical partners.

1:45 p.m.

Follow the guide to the Lycée Auditorium

241 Rue Laberte et Moigné  88500 Mirecourt.

Le Luthier" cinema screening


A film by Claude Santelli, France 1970  V.O. fr without subtitles


Television report devoted to the violin maker Étienne Vatelot. 

Filmed in his Paris workshop, in the company of illustrious violinists, he shares with us his passion for his craft.


Claude Santelli (1923-2001)

Writer and director, he devoted his life to French television and left his mark on its history. His documentary work is important and original. He produced essays and historical retrospectives such as the series André Malraux, La Légende du siècle (with Françoise Verny); Charles le seul (1975) and L'Année terrible (evocation of the Paris Commune, 1985).

Reservation required; free admission subject to availability

Priority access for Weekend pass holders

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