Violinmaker / restorer


My name is Hubert de Launay and I specialise in making and restoring instruments of the violin and viol family. In the past 10 years I have worked in several workshops in Europe on high quality instruments.

I have a keen interest in the Dutch School of the 17th and 18th century. A substantial part of my time is spend on researching and writing articles about these fascinating instruments.



2019/ present de Launay Vioolbouw
2015/ 2018 Andreas Post Violins Amsterdam
2012/2014 John Dilworth Violins and Associate tutor at West Dean College
2012/2013 Michael Byrd Violins, London
2011 Harry Jansen Luthier/ Guust Francois, Amsterdam
July/August 2010 Work placement at J&A Beare, London
2009/2010 West Dean College, Professional Development Diploma (with Distinction)
July 2009 Work placement at Kogge & Gateau, Berlin
2007/ 2009 West Dean College, Making Stringed Musical Instruments (with Distinction)
2005/2009 Harry Jansen Luthier, Amsterdam (part-time, restoration and making)
2003/2007 HMC, Amsterdam (Furniture College Amsterdam)