Roca Luthiers Luthiery Workshop – Xavier Vidal
After 40 years of experience, Xavier Vidal i Roca’s professional career is endorsed and recognised by renowned professional musicians, cultural institutions, public organizations, luthiers, bow makers, and customers who Master luthier Xavier collaborates with and to whom he offers different services.
In 1978 he joins the Casa Parramón lutherie workshop in Barcelona where, for 8 years, he learns the manufacturing and restoration techniques. Later, in 1986, he opens his own lutherie workshop and store on Elisabets 2-4, in Barcelona, where he begins to manufacture and restore violins, violas and cellos. In 1999 he moves to a larger space on Girona 124, also in Barcelona.
In 2014, he creates a luthier space in an iconic modernist building that allows him to work and receive musicians in a creative and artistic environment; it is also a space where to communicate with the musicians in order to offer them excellent lutherie services
From 2018 to 2021 Luthier Xavier Vidal i Roca was also present in Madrid with a workshop-store in the Barrio de las Letras.
He is founding member of AEML (Asociación Española de Maestros Luthiers), later known as ALAEP (Asociación Española de Luthiers y Arqueros Profesionales), where he was president from 2000 to 2003. In 2003 he founded the GLAE (Gremio de Luthiers y Arqueros de España), becoming its president from 2003 to 2007. In 2004 the Comissió d’Artesania de Catalunya (Catalan Craftsmanship Commission) – Generalitat de Catalunya – Departament de Comerç, Turisme i Consum awards him the Diploma of Master Craftsman as Luthier.
In 2005 the Barcelona City Council awards Luthier Vidal the prize as Best Store in Barcelona of 2004, for being and international reference point in the city and in its specialised field: the making, restoring and selling of string instruments.
Xavier Vidal, renowned Master Luthier
He has given lectures in different well-regarded music education centres; he has collaborated with several media, as well as with cultural institutions and public organisations. He has also played a prominent role in teaching and promoting the craft, as well as mentoring or helping luthiers complete their training, and collaborating with national and international lutherie schools.
His long and renowned professional career in lutherie has allowed him to build professional relationships with different European luthiers and bow makers, such as Jean Pascal Nehr, Stèphan Muller, Xavier Walger, Christophe Destannes, Francesco Toto, Fredèric Hugues Chaudière, Nicolas Gilles, Wolfram Neureither, C. Destannes, Règis Bury, Nadia Mantovani, Bruce Carlson, Fausto Cacciatori, Bernard Neumann, Pullot, David Bagué, Rafael D.C. Montemayor, Thomas Bertrand, Pierrer Nehr, Gil Nehr, Benoit Charon, Emilio Slaviero, Mathijs Adriaan Heyligers, Lorenzo Locatelli, Wolfgang Schnabl, Haiko Seiffert, Rudolf Neudörfer, Heiko Wunderlich, Thomas Meuwissen, Yannick Le Canu, Benoit Bonten, Victor Bernard, Sylvain Bigot, Eduard Sitjas, Jose Catoira, Robert Young, Emanuel Carlier, Eric Fournier, Maike Auperle, Ian Macwilliams, among many others.
Xavier Vidal has also had a prominent role in teaching and passing his skills forward, as well as transmitting the craft of luthier. In his workshop, Xavier has trained or help complete the training of some luthiers like Francesca Oller i Aubia, Lluis Martínez Sayas, Isaías Lumbreras Abia, Eduardo Bosque Miñana, Clara Soldevila Carbonell, Tanja Hidde, Eduard Sitjas, David Desbois, Alexis de Pauw, Silke Lichtenberg, Andrea Bering, Marçal Serradesanferm, Ismerry Bottalico, Damien Holstein and Marie Franziska Heydler.
He was born in Barcelona in 1976, and since the beginning Eduard Bosque showed interest in lutherie. In 1996 he joined Xavier Vidal i Roca’s workshop lutherie in Barcelona, learning the manufacturing and restoration techniques.
Since 2013 he is founding member of the GLAE (Gremio de Luthiers y Arqueteros de España).
In 2008 he continued with his training attending the François Peregó’s Varnishing Course in Cordes-Sur-Ciel, France
In 2010, he took a Manufacturing Course in Oberlin – 38th Annual Convention & 19th International Competition: Cleveland, Ohio, USA, organized by the VSA (Violin Society of America).
In 2018 he took part in the Restoration Course “Patch through the body” organized by the GLAE.
He is currently Xavier Vidal’s assistant and he combines the manufacturing of instruments with restoration and assembly tasks.
As a child he remembers the smell of wood playing with shavings in the family’s carpentry workshop, always surrounded by the art of marquetery and with his dad’s job as a carpenter in mind. His dad was Marçal’s inspiration then, so after finishing his superior studies in violin and viola, and encouraged by this inspiration, he decided to enter the Scuola di Liuteria di Cremona, where between the years 2003 and 2007 he followed the studies to become a Luthier.
Once he finished his studies, he worked as an apprentice for different luthiers and restorers in Cremona, such as Andrea Castellani or Boris Sverdlik. He continued his training as a freelance professional, this time specialising as a bow maker and working with Master Giovani Lucchi.
After 9 years living in Italy, in 2010 he decided to come back to Catalonia and began working at Roca Luthiers, where he manufactures and restores violins, violas, and cellos.