A brief biography
During my childhood, music was an important part of the daily life. I myself started playing the violin at nine years old. When I was nineteen I moved to Gothenburg where I got my education as a music teacher. Some years later my passion for handicraft led me to the possibility to train to be a violin maker.
The training for violin making and restoring took place between 1982-1986, with Carlo Bergman from Helsinki, Finland as my teacher and master. Carlo mediated the Italian building tradition, which he had brought from his own training in Cremona during the late 1950's, with teachers such as Giuseppe Ornati and Pietro and Gaetano Sgarabotto.
Since 1986 I have been working as a violin maker and restorer, partly in my own studio and partly together with colleagues, as well as working as a violin making teacher. I received my Journeyman's Certificate after my training in 1986 and my Royal Mastership Diploma in 1990. Between 1997 and 2000 I was the main teacher at the violin making programme at Högskolan Dalarna (College of Dalecarlia). Since then I have had my own studio in Falun, mainly focusing on violin making. In the autumn of 2009 I have set up my violin studio in Gothenburg with making, restoration and shop.
I am a founder member of the SVM - the Guild of Swedish Violin Makers and S.V.I.T. – Swedish Violinmakers Italian Tradition.