Henriette Lersch started her training as a violinmaker 1994 at the violin making school 'Antontio Stradivari’ in Cremona and continued in the workshop of Hartmut Münzberg and Walter Waidosch in Heiligenberg/Lower Bavaria. During her apprenticeship she mainly built historic instruments, whereas she focused on restoring and maintaining modern instruments in the years to follow, working for C. Arnold in Darmstadt and working for 4 years for Stam & Zoon in Utrecht, NL, where she also did a lot of bow-rehairs. In 2005 H. Lersch started focusing again on the construction of instruments and took her Master-violinmaker Exam at the Viennese Association of Instrument Makers.
In 2006 and 2007 H. Lersch was working for Christophe Landon rare violins in New York, where she did extensive restorations on valuable antique instruments and worked on exquisite bows. Inspired by old Iitalian instruments and the productive atmosphere in C. Landon's workshop, H. Lersch also built some instruments during her time in New York.
H. Lersch also worked together with the Art History Museum of Vienna, Hans Rombach, Vienna and Luthiers sans frontières in Cuba. Since 2008 H. Lersch has been applying the diverse workshop experiences with different traditions in her own workshop in Vienna. She works for Soloists as well as Musicians from all of Viennas Orchestras and for members of international Orchestras, for the Univesity of Music in Vienna, for Chambermusicians and for free- lance Musicians.
Henriette Lersch is part of Violin Craft Vienna, a group of Viennese Violinmakers organizing projects focussing on contemporary instruments. More inforamtion on the Website: geigenbau.jetzt
Henriette Lersch is a member of the Association of Austrian Violinmakers and of the British Violinmaking Association.