Guillaume Schönau

Guillaume Schönau has been a luthier in Quebec City for over 22 years.

He makes violins, violas and cellos and specializes in the tuning of string quartet instruments. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with musicians who are extremely sensitive artistically. His studio work has become a timeless place where impressions, sounds, nuances and textures have a prominent place.

For more than 16 years, he and Joël Tardif have been running the Schönau & Tardif Luthiers Inc. workshop. The workshop currently has four luthiers with the good care of Lucy Riou and Justine Duhamel.

Guillaume Schönau teaches at the École Nationale de Lutherie in Quebec City and is concerned about the importance of quality training in the craft. He has also collaborated with the Centre de Conservation du Québec (CCQ) on projects related to Quebec’s musical cultural heritage.

Guillaume Schönau is a member of the Makers Forum, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers (AFVBM) and the Violin Society of America (VSA). He studied early instrument restoration at West Dean College, England and violin making in Cremona, Italy with Borja Bernabeu. He is a graduate of the École Nationale de lutherie de Québec.

With years of research and study on the instruments of the great masters, with dedication and passion, Guillaume Schönau wishes to offer instruments that allow musicians to produce a sound worthy of the best concert instruments.

Guillaume Schönau's instruments