16 1/2" Jan Bartos viola, Paris 2016
Jan Bartos was born in Poland and received his diploma in violin making from the Poznan Academy of Music. He went on to spend ten years with Eric Blot in Cremona as head of the workshop where he developed a deep-rooted understanding of the construction and restoration of stringed instruments and had the opportunity to work on and be inspired by the great Italian masters - Stradivari, Guarneri, Bergonzi, Amati etc.
In 2007 he opened his workshop, where he continues to make his instruments and carries out his research on acoustics and varnish fabrication and application. He is currently preparing his doctoral thesis.
In 2016, Jan published the book: "The Polish School of Violin Making from Groblicz to Dankwart" in partnership with the National Museum in Poznan, which highlights the work of Polish makers from the 17th and 18th centuries.