Jan Baptista Špidlen, 1996http://www.spidlen.housle.cz/Jan/Jan_angl.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0

Jan B. Špidlen was born on 12.11.1967 in Prague as the only son of Premysl O. Spidlen. From his early childhood he spent a lot of time in his father's workshop becoming familiar with string instruments, music and wood and even showing significant artistic talent at that young age. His parents encouraged him to take an interest in music and he began to play the violin at the age of five.

He studied wood-carving at the Art and Industrial School in Prague, however, he acquired the fundaments of violin-making in Mittenwald in Germany where he spent a year at the International Violin-Making School. After his return he continued training with his father. In 1989 he travelled to England to study for one year at the prestigious London-based firm J&A Beare where he worked as a restorer and encountered a large number of extremely rare instruments. Since 1988 he is a member of the Violin-Makers' Artists' Circle and in 2003 he was adopted as a member of Entente Internationale des Maitres Luthiers et Archetiers d'Art.

He is currently working in their family workshop in Prague, almost exclusively manufacturing new violins. His instruments are highly valued and, due to high demand, particularly from abroad, customers may have to wait several years for an instrument. From the beginning of his career Jan has successfully attended various international violin-making competitions where he has continued to assume top positions.

In October 2003 Jan Spidlen reached his greatest success so far. With his two violins he participated at the jubilee 10. Triennale - the important international violin-making competition in Cremona/Italy. At general amazement, he received the 1. and the 2. prize, as well as 2 other prizes for the best tone and workmanship of the whole competition, and another special prize of the Polish violin-makers' assotiation for the best sounding violin. This phenomenal success is unique - allegedly this was the first time one violin-maker received so many prizes at one time.

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Špidlen dynasty


   František         ➝     Otakar František         ➝     Přemysl Otakar         ➝     Jan Baptista

(1867-1916)                 (1896-1958)                    (1920- 2010)                       (1967)


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