The luthier Jacques Bauer is from Anjou and learned his trade from his father Jean Bauer. He is at the crossroads of a dynasty of luthiers, which began with Gaston Bauer, his grandfather, and continues with his son, Timothée Bauer.
After four years in Mirecourt and various training courses with Jean Schmitt, Master Violin Maker in Lyon, he returned to Angers. He builds instruments that are highly appreciated in France and abroad. He won silver at the Antonio Stradivarius International Violinmaking Competition in Cremona (Italy) in 1982, a double gold medal at the Louis Spohr Competition in Cassel (Germany) in 1983, and won the Maurice Vieux Viola Competition in 1989 and the Etienne Vatelot Competition for the city of Paris in 1991. Passionate about the cello, he designs them, constantly researching and listening to musicians. His temperament is consistent with its generous silhouette and its range and sound. In addition to his own instrument making, development and expertise, his workshop deals with the sale of instruments and bows, restoration, as well as the rental of about 400 instruments from a 1/16th violin to a 3/4 double bass.
Jacques Bauer is a member of the Groupe des Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art de France (GLAAF) and l’Entente Internationale des Maîtres Luthiers et Archetiers d’Art (EILA). Serving music is his way of life.