meet the MANAGEMENT committeE

The British Violin Making Association's Management Committee comprises of ten members who all volunteer their time for free in order to run the BVMA for it's 400 or so members. Members are co-opted onto the committee through the year and voted in at the AGM. From time to time there are vacancies in the committee, and we are always looking to find people with new ideas to grow the association and take it forward. If you can see yourself on the committee in the future, please make yourself known to us. 

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bvma chairman: benjamin hebbert

Benjamin Hebbert is an expert consultant and violin dealer based in London. He trained in instrument making at the former London College of Furniture (London Guildhall University) and taught there from 2001 to 2005, later teaching instrument making at West Dean College. As a musician he has an M.Mus from Leeds University School of Music and is perpetually studying for a doctorate on early English violin makers at the University of Oxford. He has held curatorial and conservation fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was European Head of Sale at Christie’s before concentrating on his own business. He is a regular visiting lecturer at violin making and music colleges and a well respected authority with a focus on old English instruments.




Roger Rose has over 30 years of experience in early music as a maker, teacher and researcher.

Originally trained in the keyboard department of Arnold Dolmestch Ltd, Roger soon found his passion lay in early stringed instruments and ran the company's stringed department for seven years.

Having then taught at the London College of Furniture's musical instrument technology department and at West Dean College in Sussex, Roger has accessed and documented many of the original Baroque and Renaissance viols in private and museum collections throughout the world.



John Patrick Egan was born in Dublin, Ireland, and has played the violin since the age of seven. He works as a Specialist with Brompton's Auctioneers having previously worked for J.P. Guivier & Co. and in the London gallery sector. Apart from playing and advising on stringed instruments and bows, his interests include drawing, rock climbing, drinking wine, and coveting dogs. 

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Tim Baker: Short Courses coordinator

Tim Baker graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making with distinction in 1981, and joined W.E. Hill & Sons where he trained as a bowmaker and repairer. In 1984 he joined J&A Beare Ltd, where his time was divided between bow making, restoration and the study of old bows.

More recently, he has been involved with the Oberlin Summer School in Ohio, and in 2006 worked with colleagues to establish a similar professional development course at West Dean College here in the UK.


Kathrin Hügel: Short courses coordinator

Kathrin graduated from Germany’s highly reputable School of Violin Making in Mittenwald in 2012.  Since then she has worked in France for 3 years and had work experience in various workshops in Germany, New York and Canada and attends regular courses at West Dean College. She now works at Philip Brown Violins as a violin maker & restorer.

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Emma Hardy: Web and print coordinator

Emma is in her second year of studying violin making and repair at Merton College, London. Prior to training as a violin maker, she worked as a book designer and so now aids the BVMA with the newsletter production and layout.



Julian Pindar: Advertising and Marketing

I trained at Merton College in violin making and repair.  I then went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where I gained a BA in acting. I was in the acting industry for 10 years working in theatre and film, otherwise known as a jobbing actor. Throughout this time I was able to undertake some stringed instrument repairs but I returned to full time violin work when my daughter was born. The acting world, especially touring, are not conducive with family life!  In that time I have built a repair and sale business in the Surrey area and also travel to China advising workshops and factories on instrument making and quality control.

Tibor Szemmelveisz: International Relations

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Merrit Biesenberger: coordinator for student interests

Merrit is currently studying violin making at Newark College.

Before coming to Newark she attended the Montessori Highschool in Munich (Germany) where she completed her final exams in fine arts.


Renato Carrano: administrator

Renato is in his first year of studying violin making and repair at Merton College, London. Prior to beginning his training as a violin maker, he worked as a business manager.