Laurens Huige, owner
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Newark Violin Making School, Newark, UK and
Parish Church on Kirkgate, Newark UK
He was born in Goes, the Netherlands in 1985.
After finishing his A-levels at the Buys Ballot College in Goes in June 2004 he decided to start a career
in human medicine at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.
When four years had passed, however, he did a one-eighty degree turn. A year later, after having
tasted the art of violin making with Johannes Jacobs in Middelburg and restoration with Peter Westermann in Zürich, he started the baroque course-year at the Newark School of Violin Making, situated in the Nottinghamshire Midlands of England.
He well finished this starter course in 2010 and the following academic year he continued his studies with the main
course in violin making and repairs. Laurens graduated from this curriculum in June 2013 in style with passing the NSVM violin making test, examined by J & A Beare.
During his busy course in Newark he also had the benefit of gaining work experience at Chapel Violins, a professional
workshop and small private school in Balderton.
His list of responsibilities was extensive: many different kinds of administrative works and organisational jobs, valuations and reports, setting up a rental system and maintaining it, an interestingly diverse amount of restoration projects on very nice instruments, many aspects of new making and the odd demonstration lecture made working at the chapel a rich experience.
At the beginning of 2014 he made the leap to self-employment and he opened up his business in the Principality of Liechtenstein with a venue in the Austrian city of Feldkirch, practically neighbouring the Landeskonservatorium für Vorarlberg and the local music schools in both countries, offering superb service and practical proximity.