The making of instrument no 400. Click here to watch on YouTube

Conductor Philip Greenberg about violinmaker Peter Westerlund

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Order the book about Peter Westerlund and his instruments

by John Huber

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Italian violinmaking tradition
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The Company

Westerlunds Violinverkstad AB is a growing family business, where the main function is the making of violins, violas and celli. The shop is situated in Västerås, and employs Peter Westerlund, Violinmaker and Irene Westerlund, Administrator.

Since the company's beginning in 1985, Peter has made over 400 instruments (violins, violas and celli). A speciality has become the copying of older instruments.

During the period 1998-2003, Irene and Peter arranged weekend seminaries for the proffesional Swedish violin-/bowmakers and restorers.

It is necessary to then study different collections the world over. We have had the opportunity to study instruments in many different locations. The places where we so far have had the opportunity to visit are, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC., the Metropolitan Museum in New York, London, Vienna and other places.

Irene Westerlund is taking care of all the administration in the company. Irene is the webmaster for the company homepage. During six years, starting 1998, she organised weekend classes for the Swedish violinmakers/reparers. Read more about the weekend classes

Since the workshop is integrated with the home, we do not use particular business hours, but meet according to arrangements made over the phone.


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