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References on the Work of Martin Schleske


Cinema Movie: Documentary "The Voice of the Violin" by Benedikt Schulte | Premiere at the 33rd International DOK.fest Munich | The film is nominated for the FFF Young Talent Award and was broadcasted on ARTE-TV.

Film premiere: Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 20:00 in the cinema RIO1 at Rosenheimer Platz in Munich. Length of the film 50 Min. Trailer see also on The Strad.

Protagonists: Frank Peter Zimmermann | Martin Schleske

Harmony of opposites - A portrait of the violin maker, physicist and rider

A film by Elke Zimmermann (director). A television report from the series Lebensformen.

"When Martin Schleske builds a violin or a viola, it is a single prayer for him. Whether planing or polishing - he always seeks the right sound of the wood, from which the inner voice of the musicians is later to become.In the meantime he has found out that craftsmanship combined with scientific methods is his life's work. But it cannot be the source from which he draws strength. He finds it in his faith, and for some time now especially in horses. A very personal portrait of the violin maker, physicist and passionate rider by Elke Zimmermann."

The film (18 min.)


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In every man sounds a secret

A film by Melitta Müller-Hansen and Sabine Rauh.

“Stradivarius: The tonal secrets of select violins”

A film by Irina Bosse-Kohlhaas. Television report by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)

Dates of broadcast:  April 30, 2002, Prisma science show (NDR) and May 15, 2002, Globus – Program for research and the environment (ARD)

About the content: “Martin Schleske makes tonal copies of priceless instruments. He uses techniques from physics to come extremely close to the original instruments. Maybe Stradivari didn't have a secret? Analysis by this violinmaker and physicist: ‘Attempts to discover Stradivari's secret...’”
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Verrückte Ideen

Sendung Fenster zum Sonntag vom 1./2. September 2012

Dreharbeiten mit Martin Schleske für „Verrückte Ideen"

„Martin Schleske ist ein deutscher Geigenbauer von Weltruf. Die Presse hat ihn auch schon als „Stradivari des 21.Jahrhunderts" bezeichnet. Dem Geigenbauer gefällt dieser Vergleich aber nicht, er will nicht kopieren, sondern seinen eigenen Klang schaffen. Ein Drehteam von FENSTER ZUM SONNTAG hat Martin Schleske in seinem Meisteratelier in der Nähe von München besucht….“

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Radio Broadcast: Deutschlandradio 24th April 2016

"Das künstlerisch Reizvolle ist die Mehrdeutigkeit; ich habe immer eine Skepsis gegenüber eindeutigen Räumen und eindeutigen Definitionen. Die Mehrdeutigkeit ist etwas, das dem künstlerischen Prozess viel eher angemessen ist. Sie bewahrt uns davor, das Leben durch die Logik zu banalisieren."

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“A portrait of violinmaker Martin Schleske”

A film by Monika Martin. Television report by Deutsche Welle (Berlin)

Date of broadcast: Thursday, October 16, 2003, euromaxx (Deutsche Welle Berlin)

About the content: Workshop methods and interview with master violinmaker Martin Schleske
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Fernsehaufzeichnung BR

Concert: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy e-minor Op.64. Soloist: Ingolf Turban. Soloviolin made by Violinmaker Martin Schleske (anno 2008. Op.108). Orchestra: Munich Broadcast Orchestra (BR). Conductor: Gerd Schaller.

Date: Sunday, 7th of December 2008

BR Bayern 2: Bayerisches Feuilleton

Der Geige eine Stimme geben | Instrumentenbauer und Musiker auf der Suche nach dem Klang | Ein Beitrag von Sarah Khosh-Amoz. 

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Bayern 2 Radio | Date: 10. März 2012 | 08:05 bis 09:00 Uhr. 

“A body with four strings - On the secret life of violins”

A film by Klaus Hundsbichler and Ernst Trost.

Date of broadcast: Sunday, December 9, 2001, 9:35 AM, ORF 2

About the content: “Stradivarius, Guarnerius and Amatis – There are legends wrapped around these violins. What is so special about these instruments and why are they unmatched? In their documentary entitled "A body with four strings - On the secret life of violins", director Klaus Hundsbichler and author Ernst Trost explore these questions and more in a joint production involving the ORF, Austrian National Bank and Aurel-Film. Based on the famous violin collection of the Austrian National Bank, artists such as Gidon Kremer and Julian Rachlin team with experts from Cremona, Vienna and Munich to examine the secrets of the art of violinmaking while shining light on a fascinating chapter in the history of music.”

Date of broadcast: Sunday, December 9, 2001, 9:35 AM, ORF 2

"Unusual careers - One of the best violinmakers in the world"

A radio report by Birgit Magiera. Bavarian Radio (B3)

Date of broadcast: Monday, March 15, 2004, B3-Radio (Munich)

“How violins speak”


A film by Jörg Kuhn. Television report by Evangeliums-Rundfunk Wetzlar (ERF)

Date of broadcast: December 25, 2005 (NBC Europe). Access content


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Date of broadcast: December 25, 2005 (NBC Europe)

“The final secrets of Stradivarius – Achieving the perfect violin sound with advanced technology and craftsmanship”

A radio report by Monika v. Aufschnaiter. Bavarian Radio (B3)

Violinmakers have sought after the perfect sound for centuries. Instruments by the old Italian masters Stradivarius, Amati and Guarneri typically serve as models. Until now, these violins have managed to withhold many of their secrets.

Munich violinmaker and physicist Martin Schleske uses scientific techniques to study instruments by these masters and make modern tonal copies.

Date of broadcast: Wednesday, February 9, 2005, B2-Radio (Munich)

“Stradivarius – Project future. A portrait of violinmaker Martin Schleske”

A film by Anne Hoffmann. Television report by Deutsche Welle (Berlin)

Date of broadcast: Sunday, May 14, 2006

“The secret of Stradivari”

Television report by ARTE TV

Documentation, France 2005. Direction: Stéphane Bégoin

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Initial broadcast on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 9:50 AM

“How a fungus is tied to the unique Stradivarius sound. Researchers from Munich and St. Gallen hope to cultivate wood for violins.”

Television report by 3Sat. Date of broadcast: May 12, 2006


Date of broadcast: May 12, 2006

“The miracle from Cremona”.

ARTE magazine. February 23, 2006

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February 23, 2006

Forscher kratzen am Stradivari-Mythos

Alte und neue GeigenForscher kratzen am Stradivari-Mythos

Ein Beitrag von: Kathrin HasselbeckStand: 10.04.2014


April 11, 2014