Jens Stenz was born in Randers, Denmark in 1960. His interest
in violinmaking and repairing developed through a profound
interest in music and craftsmanship.
1982-till 1985, he studied violinmaking at the Welsh School
of Musical Instrument Making and Repair. The training was
completed with a Diploma of merit in 1985.
1985-1986 he worked in the shop of Emil Hjorth & Sons in Copenhagen,
concentrating on restoration and repair.
1986 he opened his own shop in Århus
specializing in restoration,
new making and dealing in fine
instruments and accessories of the violin-family and their
1991 he was granted membership of the Danish Guild of Master
Violin makers, (The National Danish organisation of professionally
trained violin and bow makers). During 1997 - 2003 he served
as chairman of this organisation.
was accepted as full member of the Entente Internationale
des Maitre Luthiers et Archetiers d´Art in 1999 (The International
society of Violin and Bow makers.)
is a consultant for insurance
companies, auction houses and has been appointed specialist
advisor to the court.
from the workshop activites, Jens Stenz carries out an extensive
research on the Danish violinmakers
of the past. He has given lectures on aspects of violinmaking,
restauration and the history of Danish violinmakers.
has written articles about the traditions of violin making
in Denmark for "The Strad Magazine" and the "British
Violin Makers Association Journal".
articles can be read here:
"Home made Danish" [The Strad Magazine - January
from abroad" [British Violin Makers Association Journal
- January 2001]
Focus" [The Strad Magazine - January 1996]