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Michael Fischer 16 1/2" oak viola, 2012 Los Angeles, copy of Maggini

CODE: VA165~F09-38
This instrument is part of the Contemporary Violin & Bow Maker 2017 Exhibition & Sale, Los Angeles.

Michael Fischer was born and raised in the South of Germany. At the age of 18 Michael decided to learn the art of violin-making, which offered him a fulfilling mixture of craft, visual arts, and music.

He attended the Violin Making School in Mittenwald, Germany; and after graduating, continued on to London to make viola-da-gambas and baroque instruments for Dietrich Kessler at Withers. While in London he also worked for the internationally renowned Charles Beare, performing complex restorations and studying the many fine, old instruments in the Beare's shop.

In the early 1980s Fischer moved to Los Angeles to work at Hans Weisshaar's shop. In 1983 he opened his own shop with a concentration on restoring instruments, and the making of custom built copies of fine instruments; such as a Stradivarius, Guarnerius, and Amati. Mr. Fischer also has considerable knowledge of Baroque instrument making and repairs.