Klaus discovered his love of violin making after embarking on a number of professional detours. Ultimately, his interest came to fruition in the master workshop of Karl Hoefner, Bubenreuth, where he learned his craft from the bottom up.

On January 1, 2010, Klaus Ludwig Clement opened a new master workshop in the music city of Leipzig. He now operates his workshop with his wife Stefanie Eva Clement under the roof of the venerable Friedrich Hofmeister Music Publishing Company, which was founded in 1807.

Aside from his reputation as a violin maker, Klaus has also garnered an international reputation through numerous lectures about violin making and his special area of expertise, historical varnish recipes. Klaus derives his knowledge and experience from the study of scientific explorations of the nature of materials and acoustics, from the analysis of historical work techniques and methods, and above all, from the study of historical instruments of all provenances. The construction of his own instruments reflects all of the above interests and pursuits.

Klaus is an active member of numerous professional organization and service clubs, most notably the Entente Internationale (EILA), the association of German Violin and Bow Makers (VDG), and the Violin Society of America (VSA). He is also a member of the examination committee of the chamber of handicrafts/artisans in Nuernberg.

Klaus Clement

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