Andrea Frandsen (Denmark/France) – Jury / 2016
Born in Møn, Denmark in 1957, Andrea Frandsen studied violin making in Newark-on-Trent, England, where she graduated with distinction in 1985. For the following three years, she had the opportunity to closely observe many important instruments of the classical period of Italian makers in a restoration workshop in northern Germany.
In 1988, she established herself in Angers, France, together with Patrick Robin, creating the “Atelier Robin & Frandsen”. Since this time Andrea Frandsen has specialised in making fine violins, violas and cellos. In 2006 she created her own workshop in the Loire Valley close to Angers.
Inspired by the tradition of 16th, 17th and 18th century Italian violin making, her work continuously evolves thanks to a regular exchange with colleagues and a close and enriching relationship with musicians.
Recognised in her field Andrea Frandsen regularly contributes to professional magazines, and over the last years she gets invited as a member of the jury in major international violinmaking competitions.
Her instruments are played and appreciated by soloists, orchestra musicians and chamber players throughout the world.
Among the international awards she has won are two gold medals: one for a violin in Oakland, CA, 1994 and one for a viola in Paris, 1991.
Andrea Frandsen was a finalist in the Strad Cello Making Competition in Manchester, England, 2004. She received the rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit in 2008 and in 2013 the title of Maître Artisan d’Art.
She is member of EILA (Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers), ALADFI (Association des Luthiers et Archetiers pour le Développement de la Facture Instrumentale) and VSA (violin society of America).