Nicolas Gilles violin, Villeneuvette 2018. Based on a model by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu.
French luthier Nicolas Gilles (b. 1977) is a native of Montpellier, France, where he expressed an interest in music from a very early age, training both as a musician and instrument maker. He studied at the Mirecourt and Newark Schools of Violin Making, before working for Charles Luc Hommel in Marseille in restoration. In 2000, Gilles returned to Montpellier to work with Frederic Chaudiere, then established his own workshop in 2001.
Gilles has won the highest honors for his instruments, most notably at the Violin Society of America International Competition of 2004, in which he won the Gold Medal for Quartet, as well as a Gold Medal for viola, and Silver Medal for cello workmanship. In subsequent VSA competitions, he won Silver Medals for his cellos in 2008 and 2010, and in 2012, won another Silver Medal for cello craftsmanship, as well as a Silver Medal for sound for his Quartet. He also won a sound award from cellist Eric Picard at the VioloncellenSeine cello making competition in Paris in 2014. His instruments are in high demand.