born in Ulm (Germany) on 22 April 1968. She became fascinated
by music and woodworking when she was still young.
In 1987 she built her first instrument (Viola da gamba) under
the supervision of the late Tibor Ehlers in a small village in
the Black Forest.
From 1988-1992, after having finished highschool in '87, she trained
as a violin maker at the International School of Violin Making "I.P.I.A.L.L." Antonio Stradivari in Cremona (Italy).
After achieving her diploma and also this of repairing and restoring
stringed instruments, she stayed for another two years in Cremona
making new instruments and attending a bow making course.
She then worked for almost one year with the master violin maker
Martin Michalke in Oldenburg (Germany).
From 1995 until 2000 she worked for Serge Stam, master violin
maker and expert in Utrecht (Netherlands), where she had the opportunity
to see, study and work on important antique instruments.
At present she lives and works in Cremona, where she opened her
own atelier in 2001. Besides restoring, she mainly concentrates
on making new violins, violas and cellos inspired by the classical
In 2002 she got her diploma as a "Geigenbaumeister" (Master Violin Maker) and in 2003 she was honoured for her outstanding
performance in that exam.
Hildegard Dodel is member of following associations: ALI, BVMA,