Wolfgang Schnabl cello, Bubenreuth 2007
Wolfgang Schnabl was born 1963 in Bubenreuth. The art of instrument making had fascinated him quite early on, because as with every other form of art, the key is to strive for perfection. Stradivari and Montagnana were the most important role models. This fascination finally led him to follow in the footsteps of his father.
From September 1984 to February 1988 he studied at the 'Staatliche Fachschule für Geigenbau' in Mittenwald. In his semester were also Jan Spidlen and Gertrud Reuter. From 1989-1990 he worked in the shop of Premysl O. Spidlen in Prague. In the summer of 1991 he was invited to the shop of Joseph Kun in Ottawa, Canada, where he learned many handy tips and tricks.
He is especially prescribed for cello making. His first personally built cello came in 5th place at the first participation in an international violin making contest, in Paris 1991. With this result he was the best, youngest participant from Germany. Further medals and awards at violin making competitions followed. He has worked independently in his own workshop in Bubenreuth since 1998.
Today Wolfgang Schnabl is one of the most respected violin makers in Bubenreuth, whose fame extends all over the world. His customers include well known musicians from Germany and abroad, for whom he also produces custom-made instruments such as a 5-string cello for the renowned Russian cellist Natalia Gutman.