"Dear Bernie, thanks for the great images. What is your philosophy about the modifications you made to the original Renault & Chatelain design? I think you added a compensated bridge, widened the fingerboard and changed the inlay here and…"
I studied guitar with Tom Burmanje at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gordon Crosskey at the RNCM in Manchester. Masterclasses with Leo Brouwer and David Russell. I graduated as a musicologist in 2013, with a thesis on the composer Pauline Duchambge (1776-1858). Currently I am working on a PhD thesis/dissertation about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK).
I have been playing 19th century guitars for about 20 years now, after spotting & buying a lovely Mirecourt guitar at a local auction. I have been performing on gut strings, without nails, right from the start. Among other instruments, I own a ca 1830 Franz Brunner (Vienna), a ca 1855 D & A Roudhloff (London), and a Enrique Recio (Cadiz) from 1862.
As a performer, I mostly accompany singers, such as Christopher Kale, tenor, Sigurd van Lommel, altus and Valeria Mignaco, soprano. I also enjoy playing instrumental chamber music. In recent years I played with Elly van Munster (guitar), and various string players. I teach early guitar, lute and ukulele.
Thanks, Jelma - I was recently invited by my multi-string friend Stanley Alexandrowicz, but I should have signed up long ago! I'm not sure what I can offer your group but a fascinated, appreciative audience. I'm (predominantly) a steel-string fingerstyle player, but dabble when I can a bit with everything in the Miner Museum.