Amsterdam and the violin

Matthieu Besseling, a present-day Amsterdam violin maker carrying on a great tradition (© Matthieu Besseling)

Amsterdam has a tradition of violin making which goes back to the 17th century. It produced some fine violin builders whose instruments are still sought after today. This tradition of craftsmanship has survived over the centuries and, as Chris Chambers hears from contemporary builders, the highest quality violins are still made in exactly the same finely tuned way.

Producer: Chris Chambers

Broadcast: November 24, 2001