Michiel de Hoog has been making violins for over forty years. Born in Holland into an artistic family, he started violin lessons at age nine in the Muziekschool in Utrecht and went on to play in various youth orchestras. After school he moved to London to train as a violinmaker and worked for some years in violin restoration and adjustment. It allowed him to study the beautiful violins of the past and learn the trade the old English way. He then set up his own workshop near Paris, immersing himself in that great French tradition of violin and bow making and spending fifteen years making instruments with both modern and baroque set-up. In 1996 he moved to Ireland, creating a workshop in the old sugarmill in Dublin Docklands (The Tower). There he has continued to work with a great variety of fine musicians in the classical and traditional music scene.
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