Ulrike Dederer is an award-winning luthier based in Zürich (Switzerland). She began her violin making training at the International violin making school in Cremona (Italy) under Vincenzo Bissolotti in 1989, receiving her diploma in 1993. She worked as a maker and restorer for over 12 years before opening her own workshop in 2005. Her work is focused on making violins, violas and cellos in modern and baroque set-up.
Her making follows the tradition of Cremonese violin making. In 2012 she won gold medal for her viola at the competition “XIII. Concorso Triennale degli strumenti ad arco «Antonio Stradivari»” in Cremona – for the first time in the competition’s history the judges awarded a gold medal to a female maker. She has been invited to serve as judge at the Henrik Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in 2016, at the VSA Competition in the categories viola, cello and quartet in 2018 and at the XVI. Concorso Triennale «Antonio Stradivari» in 2021. Regularly she participates and contributes in exhibitions, workshops and conferences in the US, Switzerland, France and Italy.
Her clients include the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Trio Oreade, the Walter Fischli Foundation.
The violin is based on the PG-mould by Antonio Stradivari. It’s the mould which the Messiah Strad was constructed on.
The belly is made from two pieces of spruce of top-quality of medium grain. The one-piece back is made from attractively flamed Bosnian maple with ribs and scroll to match. The white part of the purfling is made from poplar, the black strips are from stained maple. The transparent orange-golden oil varnish has been applied over a golden-brown ground.
Measurements taken of the back:
PRIZES AND AWRDS
1993 finalist at the International Violin Making Competition in Prague achieving first place for tone quality
2011 3rd prize and bronze medal at the 12th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition in Poznan
2011 finalist at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris
2012 1st prize and gold medal for viola at the XIII. Concorso Triennale degli strumenti ad arco «Antonio Stradivari» in Cremona
2012 awardee at the violin sound competition «Jakob Stainer» in Hinterzarten
2018 21st Century Violin Search, Indianapolis: finalist among the Top 13.
ULRIKE DEDERER’S ATELIER
Azurstrasse 17 CH-8050 Zürich
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