How the Semmlinger businessÂ was born
Lothar Semmlinger was born in Langensendelbach (Germany). He started learning the techniques of constructing string instruments at a very young age, under the direction of Master Albert Lang. Eventually, he went to work with Karl Hofner to improve his knowledge and skills in string instrument making. In 1975, upon completion of his studies, Semmingler was awarded the title “Master Craftsman of Bow Instruments” by the Chamber of Numberg.
SemminglerÂ worked as a master for four years in Mohrendorf atÂ the company Dilk. And in 1980, he opened his own workshop in Baiersdorf, a place renowned for its instruments and luthery school. With his own workshop, Semmingler started to build his own instruments alongsideÂ Benedikt Lang who was close friends with his master Albert Lang. In 1994, he took charge of the whole operation, hired assistants, and started toÂ build high quality instruments alongside his two sons Stefan and Christian.
Iconic Deep and Vibrant Sounds
Semmlinger’s instruments are characterized for itsÂ deep acoustic pitch and intensive rich sound.Â The sound and finish of Semmingler’sÂ instrumentsÂ mimics the excellence of theÂ instruments dating back to theÂ 17th and 18th century.Â He has done the reproduction of “The lady of Miwa” (a jewel, replica of the famous baroque 1623 violoncello of the Italian luthier Tomaso Castelli). And his latest challenge had been to use new types of wood for his instruments: Italian poplar.Â Over the years,Â Lothar Semmlinger have been manufacturing his bowed instruments both regionally and within Germany. And it has gained greatÂ reputation within theÂ string instrument sector around the world.