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Death of Yehudi’s luthier

Etienne Vatelot, the French luthier who serviced instruments for Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Slava Rostropovich and many more, died on Friday night, aged 88.

Among his legacies is a Vatelot Foundation, which helps young artists acquire their first professional instrument.


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  1. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    He was a constant presence at Les Rencontres Musicales d’Evian while Slava was President and Musical Director in the late 1980s and throughout most of the 1990s. He attended many rehearsals and did minor repairs on students’ instruments without charge which would have cost a fortune at a luthier in Paris or Geneva. He always seemed to take a genuine interest in performers of all ages and shared a real joi-de-vivre with artists like Slava and Isaac Stern. RIP Maître Vatelot.

  2. Keith McCarthy says:

    Etienne Vatelot is a quasi-mythic name I’d heard musicians refer to and talk about but I knew nothing about him, so thank you, Norman, for this posting

  3. Vatelot was undoubtedly the greatest luthier of the 20th Century. RIP Maître Vatelot.

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