I was born in Glückstadt, Germany. When I was four years old my family moved to Rome, where I lived until I started the Violinmaking School in Mittenwald.
After my apprenticeship I worked in the following workshops:
Dietrich Reutterer, Salzburg
Carleen M. Hutchins, Montclair, N.J.
Andreas Kägi, Berlin
Peter Biddulph, London
Andreas Post, Amsterdam
Hieronymus Köstler, Stuttgart.

In 1989 I earned my master degree in Berlin. Shortly thereafter, I started my own shop in Turin, Italy, dedicated both to restoration and making. However, when I decided to concentrate on making new instruments I left the city and moved to the countryside in Tuscany near San Gimignano. In 2003 I was a founding member of the Association of Tuscan Makers (Associazione Liuteria Toscana). Together we exhibited regularly at music fairs and other occasions until 2014.
Since 2006 I work in Berlin, Germany.