Set up and Sound Adjustment for Cellos workshop with Robin Aitchison


BELE.Basque School of Violin Making.

Bele. Conservatorio de Musica – Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga.

Plaza Ibarrekolanda 1, 48015 Bilbao. Spain.

Lecturer: Robin Aitchison.

Robin Aitchison studied Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield University and later decided to follow his childhood ambition to become a luthier. He trained at the Newark School of Violin Making, after which he worked at the Royal Academy of Music in London on their collection of fine Italian instruments.

Since 2000, Robin and his wife Sarah Mnatzaganian have run a specialist cello business in the cathedral city of Ely, UK and have published a wide range of articles about every aspect of the cello.  Since 2002, Robin has been an annual participant at the VSA Oberlin Violin making workshop. In 2023, Robin led the VSA Oberlin group workshop project, a close copy of the ’Farina’ Montagnana cello, to be featured in the November edition of the Strad Magazine.

Robin specialises in making close copies of individual cellos by Stradivari, Montagnana and Guadagnini to commission. As a counterpoint to cello making, he enjoys sound adjustment and regularly works with distinguished cellists in the UK.

In 2019, the Academy of Ancient Music created. The Cello Maker: Robin Aitchison which can be viewed on YouTube or at


Date:  from 19th to 21st April 2024. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Duration: 21 hours

Timetable: Friday and Saturday 9:00-13:00/ 14:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00.

Registration requirements:
Short CV with the contact info from the applicant (name, email address…)
Please send the above to this address:
Selection of applicants will be based on the above required information.

Number of places: 15

Course fee: 400€

Languaje: English

Set up:
Bass Bar, Neck, Fingerboard, Bridge, Sound Post, Tailpiece, Endpin, Strings.
Sound adjustment:
In depth discussion and demonstration of sound adjustment techniques

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