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June 19, 1968: born in Mönchengladbach;

1984: attended the College of Social Education;

1987: began apprenticeship in cabinet-making;

1990: passed Cabinetmaker’s Examination with distinction and began apprenticeship in harpsichord building;

1993: passed examination in harpsichord building;

Undertook community service in a school for the handicapped in lieu of military service;

Further training in guitar construction until 2002;

Autumn 2002: passed Master Craftsman/luthier Examination in Plucked Instrument Construction. Awarded State Prize as the year’s best graduate and presented with a certificate and gold medal for outstanding achievement in the Master’s Examination.

Since December 2003, we, that is, my wife and our nine children, have stood on our own 22 feet. We have renovated a house (built in 1688) to our own specifications and live happily from day to day in a little Bavarian village.