15 7/8" Antoine Cauche viola, Angers 2015
A native of Toulouse, France, Antoine Cauche (b. 1979) attended the Newark Violin Making School in England, then studied with Patrick Robin in Angers before establishing his own workshop there in 2008. Many of his instruments have won top awards in prestigious international competitions, including three First Prizes for a Baroque violin at the 2004 British Violin Making Association competition in London; a Gold medal for a cello and a Silver medal for a violin at the Violin Society of America competition in 2008; the "Sacconi Prize" Gold medal for a viola in the Cremona Triennale in 2009; a Silver medal for a viola at the 2011 Concours Étienne Vatelot; and First prize for a viola in the 2014 Violas Congress in Paris; among others. His instruments are played by professionals and students worldwide.