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I was born in Paris, France. As far as I can remember my life has been devoted to music. I went on a first tour with one of my first bands at age 17. At that time I thought of enrolling at the renowned Mirecourt National School of Luthiery in the Vosges mountains. Life decided otherwise and the next 18 years were spent living as a professional musician. I also taught guitar, privately and in classes, for over 10 years. In the early 1990s I started working as a sound engineer and electronic musician, producing and mixing music for a handful of artists along my own. I moved to New-York City in 1999. Since 2003 I reside with my wife, video artist Virginia Valdes, in the western mountains of Maine.
Early on my love for the guitar led me to study how the instrument is built. Consequently I have always done my own set-up and repair work. In my search for the perfect acoustic steel-string guitar I purchased many vintage instruments and began to restore and resell them. After a few years, still searching and having gained much experience in luthiery, the thought of building my own steel-string acoustic guitar came naturally. This was one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life and a true revelation. I came back full circle to my desire to be a luthier as a young man. Until the end of 2007 I was part of Pantheon Guitars crew, working under Dana Bourgeois supervision.
I knew Laurent Brondel when he worked with Dana Bourgeois and sent me one of his guitars to critique. I was immediately impressed with his design ideas that marry simple lines with great tone. I look forward to each Brondel I get a chance to play.