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10.04—13.04.18    Acoustics for violin makers Campus Grote Sikkel symposiumworkshop

This is the second European training school in acoustics for violin makers. The first one took place at ITEMM in Le Mans (France) in February 2017, at the end of which, it was decided to organise one yearly, each time in a different making school across Europe. This second training school is hosted by the Department of Musical Instrument Making of the School of Arts in Ghent (Belgium).

Returning faculty include George Stoppani (violin maker and researcher in Manchester, UK) and Claudia Fritz (researcher at Sorbonne Université, Paris, France). New lecturers are Colin Gough (emeritus professor at University of Birmingham, UK), Alexis Guilloteau (engineer at ITEMM, Le Mans, France), Romain Viala (PhD student at Femto-ST, Besançon, France) as well as Mathias Kersemans and several of his associated researchers (Research group Mechanics of Composite Materials, Ghent University, Belgium).

This training school will address various topics regarding the acoustics of bowed string instruments, such as the violin’s acoustical functioning, modal analysis, psycho-acoustics and measurement techniques. There is no requirement of having attended the first training school to enroll. The program consists of a well-balanced mix of theory lectures, practical sessions and sound evaluations. Participants are invited to bring a self-built instrument (violin, viola, cello) to be included in the listening tests/and or to be used in various acoustical measurements.

The School of Arts is located right in the city centre of Ghent, so besides participating in all the fascinating lectures and hands-on practical sessions, there is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful city of Ghent during the upcoming spring time together with your fellow violin makers!

  • KASK & Conservatorium in co-operation with ITEMM, CNRS, UGent
  • Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000 GENT, €580
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