Lorraine Bitaud

Maker & Restorer of fine violins, violas cellos

About Me

Born in France into a family of carpenters and starting to play music at an early age, I was naturally drawn to violin making. Deciding to learn the craft, I left my university studies in physics and joined the renowned Newark School of Violin Making (UK) in 2006.

I graduated in 2010, having specialised in the restoration of instruments. Since then, I have been perfecting my skills working on the finest instruments for major workshops in the UK.

I now have my own workshop in London, specialising in large scale restoration (while also undertaking smaller repairs, maintenance work and tonal adjustments both for professional and amateur musicians).

In recent years, my love for cellos led me to dedicate some of my time to the making of them.

Having had the great opportunity to work on instruments by the best makers (including J.B. Vuillaume, F. Ruggieri, A. Guarneri and N. Amati) I have been able to study them closely. I integrate all I have learnt from them into my own making, while always aiming for each and every one of my cellos to have its own sonority and character.

Address

1A East Churchfield road,
London, W3 7LL
UK

+44 7 449 812 166

https://bitaudviolins.com

My Philosophy

As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the sound of cellos. How could you not feel transported when listening to Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto or to a piece like Schubert’s Death and the Maiden?

In my work as a restorer, I have seen many great cellos, several centuries old, still being played, sounding great and in good condition … But more often than I would have liked, I have also seen players struggling with an unreliable, though beloved, instrument or even simply struggling to find a cello that allows them to express themselves fully while staying within their budget.

The cellos I make are often based on instruments I’ve had the chance to restore, those of which had sound qualities I particularly appreciated; others are models I have drawn. They all try to address the problems discussed above. Offering a more affordable and reliable instrument, of great playability but without any compromise on sound qualities has been my aim. My cellos are versatile, with a tone that has been described by professional musicians as warm and deep, whilst also being resonant, with good projection, and very responsive.

Why not try one of my cellos so you can decide for yourself?

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