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Master Luthier Thomas Stöhr

My motto: “Be serious about what you enjoy.”

1976Born in Erlangen
1995vocational baccalaureate diploma
1995Start of a three-year apprenticeship under Günter Lobe, Master Luthier
1998Final examination before the examining board of the Trade Corporation of Middle Franconia (declared “Best Journeyman” by the examining board)
1998/99Participation in the Youth Craftsmanship Competition
- Winner Middle Franconian Chamber’S of Luthery Award
- Winner Bavarian Chamber of Luthier’s Award
- Winner German Youth Craftsmanship
2001Master’s examination with Distinction as Best Luthier
2001Bavarian State Government Master’s Prize
2004Winner, German Musical Instrument Award cello category
2005Participation, with a cello, in the 5th International Luthiery Competition in Mittenwald (declared second best German cello maker)
2006Participation, with a cello, in the 11th International Luthiery Competition in Cremona (fourth place out of 63 cellos in the tonal rating)
2007Member of the Swiss Luthiers’ and Bowmakers’ Association
2008Member of the Violin Society of America
2012Winner, German Musical Instrument Award cello category