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Salazar & Thoeny



We are proud to announce the opening of our Workshop in Rennes.
The making and restoration of the highest quality string quartet instruments is our main focus.

As makers of new instruments
we specialise in violins, violas and cellos

We provide set ups, regular care, and maintenance of your fine instruments

High-quality restoration of fine instruments 


Born in Mexico, where I grew up, I started my musical training at Cuidad Victoria when I was 14.

My interest in violin making began in 2007. In Xalapa I completed my first training in violin making at Nahúm Landa Roldan's workshop, where I learned how to make the violin with the French internal mould method.

In 2010 I decided to go to Cremona (Italy) and I graduated in 2014 in violin making.

From 2014 to 2015 I took the course in acoustics in lutherie led by luthiers Luca Primon and Marco Osio.

Between 2015 and 2016 I was followed by violin maker Silvio Levaggi in the manufacture of new violins, focusing in particular on the designs and tuning of the instruments.

In 2016 I had the opportunity to go to Paris to do an apprenticeship in the workshop of Charles Coquet.

Since 2017 I continued to sporadically improve my professional experience with several violin makers such as Alberto Giordano, Jérémie Legrand, Monica Fortin and Melina Polizzi.

Today I work in our workshop in Rennes, especially in new making while continuing training abroad.


Born in Switzerland, I grew up surrounded by music. I decided to train at the University of Friborg in Musicology where I graduated in 2011.

My curiosity did not stop and I went to Cremona (Italy), to specialize in violin making.
In 2014 I graduated from the “International School of Violin Making Antonio Stradivari”.

During my training I also enriched my knowledge of violin making and restoration in the workshops of Andrea Castellani, Pascal Hornung and Silvio Levaggi.

From 2014 on I did apprenticeships in the workshops of Pierre Barthel, Joel Klépal and Antoine Lescombe in Paris.

From 2018 to 2021 I worked as a full-time luthier-collaborator in a workshop.

In June 2021, in London, I improved my training in high-restoration and conservation of musical instruments in the prestigious workshop of Florian Leonhard, alongside Julian Döring, who is a source of a great inspiration and with whom I have since collaborated.

Since 2022, my work has taken place in our workshop in Rennes, where I am specifically dedicated to the new making, maintenance and restoration of instruments.