These are Peter and Kristoffer Kalisky at the Frankfurter Messe. Father and son are the owners of the Norwegian Guitar Center and since the end of April, they have a 2A model of mine in stock. I’m looking forward working with them!
This is Andy Lee from Guitar Salon International. Andy attended the Frankfurter Messe where producers of instruments and accessories meet their suppliers and dealers. Because Andy came all the way from Santa Monica – California, he decided to combine Frankurt with a visit to Amsterdam where we had dinner together in one of my favorite restaurants: Hotel de Goudfazant.
I recently sent a maple concert guitar to GSI, with a beautiful bearclaw spruce top, as you can see in the pictures above. The guitar was sold almost immediately, which is good for both GSI and me, but a bit unfortunate for Irina Kulikova. She was planning to record a video with it, as she announces in the instagram post.
I also visited the Frankfurter Messe, just like last year when the video above was made, a short interview with Andy’s GSI colleagues, John Paul Trotter and David Collet. As you can see, already then I talk about how satisfied I am with the use of maple.
The interview above about the cooperation between GSI and me, is part of a longer reportage about GSI visiting the Frankfurter Messe in 2018. You can view this reportage here in full.
This is Maurice Freton from Galerie des Luthiers in Lyon, France.
Esther and I only knew the city Lyon from passing it on our way southwards. Last time we decided to make a stop and pay it a visit, something we should have done a long time before. Lyon is a beautiful place, full of nice people and fantastic restaurants!
We went to see Galerie des Luthiers, a guitar shop specialized in classical guitars, run by Alice and Maurice Freton. That particular day Alice was out of town, but her father Maurice welcomed us with great enthusiasm.
This is Minsu Yu, the owner of Classical Guitar Studio Partita, in Seoul, South-Korea. Last March he came all the way to Europe, to meet and greet guitar makers he represents, including me. Before he came to Amsterdam he spent more than a week in Italy and after all the pasta he felt like some noodles. The first night we took him to a restaurant called Korea, which didn’t happen to be the perfect choice… Luckily Minsu Yu stayed a few more days so we could make up for it.
Minsu Yu and I got to know each other thanks to the South Korean guitarist Ricardin Hwang about whom I wrote earlier. Minsu, besides owing the most important guitar shop of South-Korea, turned out to be a very good guitar player.
A couple of weeks ago Tara came to Amsterdam for a holiday and brought her camera. She visited my workshop where I happened to be working on a new guitar for GSI! She took pictures and filmed and the beautiful result can be seen in GSI’s blog post Coming soon Otto Vowinkel.
While she was busy working, her boyfriend, Los Angelos Guitar Quartet member John Dearman, tried a new ceder top.
This is a new cedar top I made for Guitar Salon International, my dealer in the USA.
Check out their website for the beautiful pictures taken of the instrument and it’s details.
This is guitarist Jongho Park performing the introduction of Sor’s opus 9, better known as the Mozart variations. The video is made by Classical Guitar Studio Partita, run by Minsu Yoo, my dealer in South Korea. Jongho Park is playing a concert guitar with a spruce top which I recently sent to South Korea.
This is Drew Henderson performing Allemande BWV 996 by J.S. Bach. The Allemande consists of two parts, both repeated with ornaments. This makes four parts in one piece which in this video are used to compare four different guitars, built by four different makers.
Listen and judge yourself. The 2A guitar from this video can be bought at the Canadian store Grand Salon the Guitare where the video was recorded. You can order a 2A guitar with one of my dealers or directly with me.
This is Michael Luo. He is my Taiwanese dealer. Every year he organizes a guitar festival, together with guitarist Alfredo Huang. This year I was invited to come and give a lecture. Besides concerts, lectures and lessons, the festival also provides a consult with me, so guitarists can have their instruments adjusted.
This is Miguel Angel Cano, looking at my little present for buyers of my instruments, a wooden string winder. Miguel is the owner of Guitarras de Luthier a guitar shop in Madrid which is situated right next to the Conservatory. Miguel started selling my instruments in 2013 but we had never met. Until last week.