Jules Saint-Michel, Luthier

Maker of Fine Instruments
Open Friday @ SoBe Music Institute / Art Speaks
DATE: March 7, 2008
TIME: 6:30PM
LOCATION: SoBe Music Institute
2100 Washington Avenue
(Behind the 21st Street Rec Center)
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
Presentation to be followed by a wine and cheese reception

Dean of Quebec violin makers, Jules Saint-Michel has devoted himself for more than 40 years to the making and restoration of violins as well as to the study and expertise of old and modern instruments.

Jules Saint-Michel was born in Budapest, Hungary. After obtaining his B. Sc., he pursued university studies from 1952 until the Hungarian revolution in 1956 and in Paris before emigrating to Canada. In Montreal, he was part of the workshop of violin maker Antoine Robichaud for five years and subsequently opened his own establishment on Ontario Street. Numerous students learned violin making in his workshop. 

"The making of a violin is a work of precision, based on ancient proven methods which have remained unchanged for centuries. Classical Cremonese-style models, such as Stradivari and Guarneri, are those most frequently made in the present day. The violin is a wooden instrument which can go out of order, become used or break. It must therefore be frequently checked by a violin maker. Much of our time is devoted to upkeep and repairs. The restoration of fine instruments demands not only meticulous care but also respect for the original character of the instrument and broad experience on the part of the violin maker. " Jules Saint-Michel