"Handicraft has been my primary interest since childhood, continuing into my professional life. Beginning in 1984 in Bourges, my brother Pierre-Gilles Jarny (artistic director of the Aymerillot ensemble) and I took an interest in 15th and 16 century music. We performed together on occasion and I continued to work as a manager of a joinery and cabinetry workshop.
My 1991 meeting with Carolos Gonzales, a luthier specializing in lutes, was pivotal for my career. Beginning my training as an apprentice and then as a journeyman, I studied this trade in the tradition of Joël Dugot. Instructor to us all, Joël Dugot is the conservator of plucked string instruments at the Music Museum in Paris. Carlos Gonzales and i organized several luthier workshops, and from 1999 to 2003 I taught practical luthier workshops in Paris. During the same period, I made the acquaintance of one of the best lute musicians in France, Pascale Boquet. She helped me to refine and better understand the art of lute music, and since then we have continued this adventure together.
I opened my first workshop in 2000 in Meung-sur-Loir (Loiret) and then moved to Tours in 2003. For two years, I have had an apprentice in my studio, Nicolas Petit, who has studied the art of making these instruments and will open his own workshop in Tours. At present I continue to build the instruments in which I have specialized, 16th and 17th century plucked string instruments: lutes, Renaissance and Baroque guitars, theorbos, archilutes, vihuelas ... " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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