Nicholas GoochNicholas Gooch

Nicholas Gooch was born and grew up in the ancient University city of Cambridge, England. After finishing school and art and design studies at college Nicholas leaves Cambridge in 1992 to begin his studies at the Newark School of violin making. After an extended stay at Newark, including working at the college as a member of staff, Nicholas is awarded diplomas with honours for violin making, violin repair and restoration, baroque instrument making and classical guitar making.

In 2002 Nicholas moves on to Hamburg in Germany. He takes a leading role in the workshop of Geigenbau Winterling and during the next four years completes many repairs and restorations of valuable and important instruments.  As always Nicholas continues to follow his passion for making new instruments when time allows. 

In 2006 Nicholas moves to Munich and begins to work part time at the workshop of Lijsen & Wiest and enjoys having more time to devote to new making.

In 2007, fifteen years after beginning his studies at NSVM Nicholas opens the Atelier für Geigen- und Bogenbau together with Irina Feichtl, bringing together considerable experience and the opportunity to continue making new instruments and repairs of the highest quality. 

In recent years Nicholas has been awarded several prizes for new making in international violin making competitions.


2009 Cremona TriennaleViola Silver medal & Violin Bronze medal.

2010 Pisogne InternationalViolin Gold medal

2012 Cremona TriennaleViolin Silver medal, 2x Gold medals for craftmanship