Rudolf Neudörfer


Oral History Information

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Bow Maker

Rudolf Neudörfer, bow maker, grew up in the Czech Republic after 1945 and went to the Violin Making School in Luby, learning the craft of violin making from his teacher Bohumil Pechar and Hans Schmirler. He then worked at the Cremona cooperation for string instruments in town until he escaped socialist Czechia by posing as a ski coach at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck 1964. After an apprenticeship in bow making in Bubenreuth his path led to Switzerland where he worked at the Finkel workshop for six years before opening his own workshop. During stays in the United States at the Weisshaar workshop in Hollywood as well as in Japan, Rudolf Neudörfer perfected craft.