CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan


Luncheon and Monthly Meetings

June 7, 2017 Wednesday

Andreas Pruess

Mr Andreas Pruess

Eriko Iso

Ms Eriko Iso

“Do we believe what we hear, or do we hear what we believe? - A look into the 'secret' of Stradivari”

Speaker: Mr Andreas Pruess, luthier – Violinist: Ms Eriko Iso

Please join us for an insightful presentation on the challenges of crafting and repairing stringed instruments. Andreas is the only Westerner to graduate from the Tokyo Violin Making School under Zoroku Murata, the first Japanese to earn the rank of meister. Andreas will walk us through his journey from apprentice to meister – from Tokyo through Germany, Hungary, France, the United States and back to Tokyo where he now has his own workshop. He will share his observations and show the instruments of his craft. According to Andreas, “We need to ‘ask the wood’ first, as I believe the old masters did.” Andreas has kindly arranged for Ms Eriko Iso to play a short solo piece in two sections to help us appreciate the sound of a well-crafted violin.

Andreas Preuss Biography

After graduating from Tokyo Violin Making School, Andreas Preuss continued his education as a travelling journeyman in major workshops in Germany, Hungary, France and the USA, collecting a vast knowledge of different working techniques from various schools of violin making. In 2006, he set up his own workshop in Tokyo, dividing his time between restoring and making replicas of old, Italian instruments.


Eriko Iso Biography 

After studying at Toho Gakuen School of Music, Eriko Iso was invited by Igor Oistrakh to study at the Royal Conservatory Brussels. As a Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs scholar, she completed a master’s degree with a Grand Prix. She has received numerous awards at music competitions both in Japan and overseas such as the Concours International d'execution Musicale Maria Canals de Barcelona.

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