Biography

Anton Somers, born in 1986, Borgerhout, Belgium. Ever since childhood he was very passionate about woodworking. At the age of 15 he made his first instrument, the next year he started studying at the violinmaking school of Antwerp.

 

Directly after his study’s in 2006 he started his professional career as assistant and later as trusted hand of Thomas Meuwissen in Brussels. This collaboration ended in 2011. Anton decided to take the leap and started his own business opening his workshop in his hometown Melsele where he grew up and is strongly connected to the cultural live. In 2013 Anton Somers and Thomas Meuwissen decided to work together again. This period Anton was responsible for the complete production of instruments. This collaboration came to a final end in 2015.
In September 2016 Anton also took on the challenge to work as a teacher in the violin making school of Antwerp ILSA.

In December 2016 he received a Coup du Coeur in the violin making competition “violoncellenseine” in Paris which was dedicated to the cello. The cello was specially awarded for his tonality qualities by renowned cellist Damian Martinez Marco. 
 
In 2020 Anton was selectedby Andy Lim personally to serve as one of the five supervisors for the 3-year string sextet project, where 24 last year student/ recently graduated violinmakers will make 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos. Anton has the honour and the challenge to supervice the making of 2 cellos. 
Anton's instruments are appreciated by the most demanding musicians as also by investors who keep them in their private collection.