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VIOLIN MAKER

JACOB VON DER LIPPE

A MODERN CLASSIC

My background

Violin maker with 21 years of experience

Being one of Norway’s most prominent and acknowledged violinmakers, Jacob von der Lippe has been building instruments for musicians at home and abroad since 1998. Jacob’s instruments are coming out of the tradition of the Italian masters. He trained at the “Istituto Professionale Internazionale per l’Artigianato Liutario e del Legno ‘A. Stradivari’ “ in Cremona, Italy. Jacob von der Lippe’s instruments have a sound focusing upon warmth, projection and richness in overtones.

As the first and only Norwegian, he is a member of the worldwide organization Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers. In recent years, Jacob has taken out the essence of his entire experience and developed his own model for violin, viola and cello.

Jacob offer instrument cases from BAM France in the Nordic countries, and carries a large stock in the workshop in Oslo. Feel free to stop by to see the different models. The cases can also be purchased directly from the online store bamnorden.no .

Why choose a von der Lippe instrument?

high quality • follow-up • warm and projecting sound

I took a big step forward ten years ago when I stopped making copies, and designed my own personal model. I took out the essence of all the instruments I had built, and kept the best qualities. This I merged into my own model. Musicians tell me that my instruments have a special sound and that each instrument has its own personality. It is always exciting to present the instrument to the musician for the first time, and hear them play it! I really hope that the instruments I make will stay good over time, and that musicians in 200 years’ time will say:

Wow, this is very good, I want to play this instrument!

That’s the best thing that can happen.

Photo: Marius Viken

Insight into the workshop

violin • viola • cello

READ MORE ABOUT THE WAITING LIST

I can highly recommend Jacob von der Lippe’s instruments! I bought my violin in 2002, immediately falling in love with its sweetness and warmth.

Astrid Kirschner, group leader 2nd violin, Opera Orchestra at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet

On later occasions I have compared the violin with the older Italian, where von der Lippe’s instrument carries better and stronger than the Italian, -in a blind test with several musicians present. I appreciate the bright shiny sound, at the same time as the instrument has impressive resistance, so it takes a lot before the sound cracks, which gives the strong sound.

Nils Thore Røsth, The Opera Orchestra at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet

The violin projects sound in a way that fills the room without being perceived as strenuous. It has a rich and warm sound in all registers, while being easy to play and articulate. It blends well both in chamber music and orchestra playing. The process to have build my own violin is in itself very exciting, and felt entirely positive, thanks to Jacobs reliability and friendly service minded attitude.

Maren Elle, The Broadcasting Orchestra

Your violin has a glow and shine in the tone that I really appreciate, and the tone is round and full at the same time.

Arve Tellefsen, Soloist

I simply love this violin and would not exchange it for anything. It has a very appealing sound: light, singing, lots of overtones, modular – it has both warmth and edge, and is even over the whole register. In addition, it’s incredibly easy to play, always in a good mood, and is not changing with the weather.

Mari Lerseth, Freelance violinist
The violin is incredibly easy to play and easy to articulate and has a smooth, full sound throughout the register.
Sidsel Scheen, Freelance violinist

The violin is incredibly rich in overtones and I remember that I only rehearsed Bach’s solo sonatas and scores the first time because I was so inspired by the open sound.

Hilde Kolstad Huse, Freelance violinist

Over the course of 20 years, my instrument has evolved a lot. The sound has become both bigger and warmer, my violin allows for a wide range of tonal shades, and it is very easy to play.

Lina Marie Årnes, Freelance violinist and educator

My “Jacob von der Lippe” instrument has shaped itself well to my personality, with a round pleasant tone. It easily fills various concert halls, be it the large ones (eg Oslo Concert Hall) or the small ones.

Cecilie Husevåg, Educator
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Instruments and bows for sale

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I have extensive experience with musicians at all levels. Whether you are a music student, freelancer, orchestra musician or soloist, I understand and listen to your wishes. You can always borrow with instruments and bows on home loans up to two weeks, insurance is taken care of.

CONTACT

OM MITT ARBEID

Som en av Norges mest profilerte og anerkjente fiolinbyggere, har Jacob von der Lippe siden 1998 bygget instrumenter for musikere i inn- og utland.

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